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February 16, 2001

Trustees honor professor, OK degree programs, Krannert MBA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, 2/16) awarded a distinguished professorship, retitled to MBA the Krannert School's master's of management degree and approved the creation of three new undergraduate degree programs in engineering and technology.

William L. McBride, a philosopher who is internationally recognized for his contributions to the study of Jean-Paul Sartre's social and political thought, was named the Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. The professorship honors Arthur G. Hansen, who served as Purdue's president from 1971 to 1982.

William L. McBride

"William McBride's work as both a scholar and a teacher epitomizes the qualities of a Purdue distinguished professor," said executive vice president for academic affairs Robert L. Ringel. "He has distinguished himself as a scholar on an international level, a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students and a mentor for junior colleagues. It is especially appropriate that this professorship is named for former President Hansen, who has always had an abiding interest in the value questions that are important in philosophy."

McBride holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and both a master of arts and doctorate from Yale University, where he taught for nine years before coming to Purdue in 1973. In addition to authoring seven books, the most recent of which is "Philosophical Reflections on Changes in Eastern Europe," and editing or coediting nine others, McBride has published more than 90 scholarly articles and an equal number of book reviews. He is a cofounder of the Sartre Society of North America and also has served as the organization's director.

McBride has held both a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fulbright Lectureship. He is a senior member of the American Philosophical Association, having served on a variety of committees as well as its board of directors. He is currently the presiding president of the North American Society for Social Philosophy and a member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies.

Purdue now has 49 distinguished professors and 21 named professors.

In other action, trustees approved a proposal to retitle the current master of science degree in the Krannert School of Management as a master of business administration.

"The MBA is the most recognized degree name in the global market for graduate business management programs," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "Our program is already very similar to other top MBA programs, so we contemplate no changes in curriculum."

All students currently enrolled in the MSM program have the option of earning the MBA, and all students entering the program beginning next fall and later will be awarded the MBA degree upon completion of their studies.

The trustees also approved a proposal to offer a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering at the West Lafayette campus. If approved by the state's Higher Education Commission, the program will be offered for the first time in August 2004

"Biomedical engineering is a rapidly maturing discipline that seeks to improve health and solve medical problems by applying engineering principles and techniques" said Richard Schwartz, dean of the schools of engineering. "We believe this degree will add another important dimension to the programs we offer and provide a valuable resource for economic development in Indiana."

Two new degree programs at the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis were endorsed by the board: an associate of science and a bachelor of science in computer engineering technology. Pending approval by the Higher Education Commission, the associate's degree program will accept enrollments for the fall semester of this year, and the bachelor's degree program would begin enrolling students in August of 2002.

Sources: Robert L. Ringel, (765) 494-9709,

William L. McBride, (765) 494- 4285,

Writer: Sharon A. Bowker, (765) 494-9723,

Other sources:

Richard Schwartz, (765) 494-5347,

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366;

Related Web sites:
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Web site
Purdue Schools of Engineering Web site
Krannert School of Management Web site

William L. McBride (Purdue News Service Photo by David Umberger)
A publication-quality photograph is available at the News Service Web site and at the ftp site. Photo ID: mcbride.jpeg

William L. McBride

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