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LMU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS INTRODUCES ENERGY MANAGEMENT MAJOR



January 28, 2011 - Harrogate, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Business has unveiled a new energy management major to prepare students for the challenges of leading in a green economy and to direct and develop new sources of energy in the future. The major will launch in the fall of 2011.

“The School of Business will prepare these students by providing them with the necessary leadership skills to succeed in the new green economy,” said Dr. Jack McCann, dean of the LMU School of Business. “This program will also prepare future leaders for tomorrow’s “green collar” jobs by working closely with current energy producers and those involved in creating new energy sources to provide jobs to the local economy.”

LMU is already forging new relationships within the energy industry and expects students in this major to support the industry with consulting, research, education, feasibility studies and the incubation of new green project ideas. Inspiration for the new course of study came from analyzing School of Business alumni records, which showed many graduates with active entrepreneurial careers in energy related fields. Public officials at local, state, national and international levels increasingly recognize the need for energy management and entrepreneurship as an economic development tool.

“This new energy management major clearly helps the University fulfill its mission of service to Appalachia and beyond. It is particularly important in our region where many traditional industries have declined in recent years,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “The future economic development of northeastern Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky and western Virginia is critically related to the region’s ability to grow from within. We recognize and accept our responsibility to support the economic development of the region. This major will help us build a qualified workforce for generations to come.”

The energy management major will result in a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Energy Management and an Environmental Science Minor. Graduates will complete a minimum of 129 credit hours including LMU’s general education requirement, a business core curriculum and 20 hours of environmental science. LMU is accredited by the SACS COC to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. The new program is also seeking approval by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), for which the LMU School of Business has candidacy status.

The energy management major joins a growing number of green career paths available at LMU including wildlife and fisheries management, environmental science and biology. For more information on the energy management major contact McCann by email at jack.mccann@lmunet.edu or by phone at 423.869.6298.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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