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New Research Centers in Real Estate Selling and Nonprofit Studies to Offer Unique Student Experiences

Oct. 20, 2006

Today Baylor University Regents approved the creation of two new research centers in the Hankamer School of Business. The new centers are The Keller Center and the Center for Nonprofit Studies.

The Keller Center

"The Keller Center will provide innovative research related to real estate buyers and sellers that will be of immediate benefit to stakeholders in the real estate industry," said Dr. Terry S. Maness, dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

Housed in the department of marketing, The Keller Center will complement Baylor's program in professional selling by adding a track in real estate that will augment current offerings in corporate sales, sports sponsorship, and arts and entertainment. The center also will add a research component to the professional selling track.

The Center for Nonprofit Studies

The Center for Nonprofit Studies will contribute to the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by focusing research efforts on critical problems facing the nonprofit community, providing undergraduates with course sequences that can be added as minors to both business and non-business majors, and offering nonprofit managers access to best practices among such organizations.

"In the 160 years of Baylor University's existence, no other single effort has captured the heart of the institution more than that of preparing citizens for service to their communities through nonprofit organizations," said Dr. Charles S. Madden, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at the Hankamer School of Business. "Baylor's deep historical commitment to organizations that are driven by ideals of service makes Baylor a perfect candidate to be the site for a concentrated center to research, teach and extend the body of thought concerning how nonprofit organizations effectively serve people."

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