Webber International University
|Motto||"A Tradition in Business Education"|
|Location||Babson Park, Florida,
|Campus||110 acres (0.45 km2)|
|Colors||Green and Gold
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. 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.
In February of 2011 WIU announced a merger with St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. In January of 2014, WIU announced the acquisition of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. The attempted acquisition of Virginia Intermont was abandoned on April 15, 2014.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associates, bachelor's and master's levels.
- Computer Information Systems Management
- Corporate Communications
- General Business Studies
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Criminal Justice Management
- Sports Management
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:
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 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.
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.
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|Society of Hosteurs|
|Sport Management Club|
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- "Webber International University Plans to Take Over N.C. School". The Lakeland Ledger. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "Virginia Intermont College, with dwindling enrollment, intends to merge with Fla. school". The Washington Post. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "Merger Statement Issued Today by Dr. Phillips". Virginia Intermont College. Retrieved 16 April 2014.