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with tables and seating in the Keystone

ulie Weathers has seen a lot

with 75,000 square feet of space and

throughout her 34 years with

83 faculty spaces. After the addition of

Commons, as well as many smaller pro-

Oklahoma State University’s

the education wing, also known as the

grams in the large conference rooms and

business school. One thing

stacks, the building had six classrooms,

breakout rooms.

that has not changed is the building. She began her career in 1984 with the

the Watson Trading Floor and a computer lab.

“The state-of-the-art facility will be very exciting for our office and its ability for

College of Business Administration as a

Business Extension began in 1953 with

our staff to meet with faculty and staff

graduate assistant in Business Extension

just a few programs. Today, the Center for

and be in one building to facilitate ease

(known today as the Center for Executive

Executive and Professional Development

of planning and host business events,”

and Professional Development). In 1985,

coordinates faculty-led programs for cor-

Weathers says.

after earning her MBA at OSU, she became

porations in Oklahoma and elsewhere on

a program coordinator. She also holds a

various business topics. CEPD has facil-

1983 bachelor’s degree in business admin-

itated the Tulsa Business Forums and

istration from the University of Science

Executive Management Briefings speakers

and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

series for over 30 years, bringing interna-

She went on to earn a doctoral degree in occupational and adult education, human resource development from OSU’s College of Education while working at Business Extension. In 1994, Weathers was named director of the Center for Executive and Professional Development, a position she still holds. Oh, and about that soon-to-be-old business building: At the time of its construction, it was a modern four-story building

tionally known speakers such as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former GE CEO Jack Welch, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and many more business and government leaders to Oklahoma with assistance from corporate sponsors. One challenge CEPD has is not being able to host events onsite. The new building will allow CEPD to host up to 80 people

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Julie Weathers, CEPD

The center will also take advantage of the many conference rooms to meet with staff and visiting business professionals. Weathers is most looking forward to having all the Spears Business personnel together. “We are very proud of the new building. It will be great to have all faculty, clinical faculty, graduate assistants, staff and business students in one building, so it will be easier to network and work together on projects,” she says. “The new building will also be wonderful to enhance the working atmosphere and host business professionals, seminars and social events.” @ DOTTIE ELLIOTT

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Engage@Spears Summer 2017  

The official magazine of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Engage@Spears Summer 2017  

The official magazine of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

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