Webber International University

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Webber International University
Webber Seal.PNG
Motto "A Tradition in Business Education"
Established 1927
Type Private
Endowment $4,900,000
President Keith Wade
Students 800
Location Babson Park, Florida,
United States
Campus 110 acres (0.45 km2)
Colors Green and Gold
        
Nickname Warriors
Website www.webber.edu

Webber International University (commonly referred to as Webber or WIU) is a private institution of higher learning located in Babson Park, Florida, with a setting overlooking Crooked Lake.

History[edit]

WIU was founded as Webber College by Roger Babson, an entrepreneur and business theorist in the first half of the 20th century.

Established in 1927 as the first private college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the nation’s first business schools for women, Webber International University now hosts men and women from some 48 different nations.

Webber is recognized as one of only eleven Schools With a Specialty – Business, by the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review, and an America's Most Military Friendly College by GI Jobs. The SACS and IACBE accredited not-for-profit independent University offers degrees exclusively in the areas of business.

Degrees include accounting, computer information systems management, corporate communications, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, marketing, pre-law, security management, and sport management (associate's and bachelor's levels) and MBA, MBA with an emphasis in Accounting, MBA with an emphasis in International Business, MBA with an emphasis in Security Management, and MBA with an emphasis in Sport Management (master's level) Courses are offered in traditional, night and weekend, and on-line formats.

Webber is home to a $750,000 sewage plant. In 2008 President Keith Wade sold the naming rights to the plant on eBay, raising $6,800 in the process.[1] More recently, in 2010, Wade purchased a Skype booth to benefit the array of international students, with the naming rights also being sold on eBay. This raised $257 for the school.[2]

In February of 2011 WIU announced a merger with St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.[3] In January of 2014, WIU announced the acquisition of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia.[4] The attempted acquisition of Virginia Intermont was abandoned on April 15, 2014.[5]

Academics[edit]

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associates, bachelors and masters levels.

Majors[edit]

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems Management
  • Corporate Communications
  • Finance
  • General Business Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Pre-Law
  • Security Management
  • Sports Management

Athletics[edit]

The university's athletic teams, known as the Warriors. Webber International is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes at the NAIA Division I level in The Sun Conference, formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC). The football team competes as an Independent under head coach Kelly Scott. The university fields 12 men's and 12 women's sports:

Bowling[edit]

Due to the backing of the world famous Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, Webber's bowling program has become one of the most successful in the United States. The program began in the 2008-2009 season with a men's team with a women's program added beginning in the 2009-2010 season. In every season, in program history, the team has advanced to the National Championship tournament.

In 2010, in their first year as a program, the women won the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in El Paso, Texas. The final aired on ESPN2 on May 5, 2010.[6]

In the 2010-2011 season, the Men's team was ranked # 1, for the entire season, by the Bowling Writers Association of America and the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. In April,2011, at the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Columbus, GA, the team lost in the finals to Fresno State, which aired on ESPN2 on May 15.

In 2009, in their first year as a program, the men finished as National Semi-Finalists losing to the eventual National Champion Wichita State. Program head Coach Slowinski was named as National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2010 and was named as finalist in 2009 as well as 2011.

Men's soccer[edit]

On October 27, 2010, the Warriors defeated local rivals Warner to win the Crooked Lake Cup and qualify for the 2010 Sun Conference regional tournament. Although the series was tied 2-2 on aggregate, Webber won the conference portion, therefore were awarded the trophy.[7]

Student life[edit]

Clubs & Organizations
Band
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
International Club
Marketing Club
Quality Club
Society of Hosteurs
Sport Management Club
Student Leadership Association
Marketing Club
Newsletter

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