Pacific Coast Business Times

Westmont, Pepperdine Team Up

Westmont College and Pepperdine University are launching a new MBA program at Westmont’s downtown campus in Santa Barbara. The new program will be held at the Hutton Parker Foundation Building and will be a two-year, part-time MBA based on the Perpperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management program. The Pepperdine program will also welcome those enrolled under its longtime agreement with UC Santa Barbara.

Westmont launches Center for Social Entrepreneurship downtown SB

Santa Barbara’s Christian liberal arts college is tapping into the downtown business community with a new program that focuses on entrepreneurship and social change.

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe announced the course track and downtown campus at the annual Westmont President’s breakfast on March 6, saying he hopes the new Center For Social Entrepreneurship will become a place for students to learn while immersed in the downtown environment. more

Pope Francis Teaches World Leaders a Lesson

Surely Pope Francis knew he would be wading into controversy when he announced this month that after 80 years of consideration, Father Junipero Serra was to be made a saint. …Instead, he accepted the fact that the harm done to Native Americans under Serra was not purposeful and not as impactful as the damage done by Americans in the 19th Century, a fact noted by Westmont College scholar and Serra biographer Gregory Orfalea. more

Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager. … The combined company will continue to operate from West Coast Asset Managment’s office on Coast Village Road in Montecito; Helfert and WCAM chief investment officer Atticus Lowe will be joined by the Lucia team. … Founded in 2000, WCAM developed a value-oriented strategy for equity and fixed income investing. Lowe, a Westmont College graduate, was a key architect of the strategy. more

20 years of honoring innovation: South Coast Business & Technology honorees announced

The dinner regularly draws more than 600 leaders from the civic, nonprofit and business worlds each year. Organized by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, this year’s event is expected to raise more than $130,000 for scholarships that will be awarded to students who are working toward business or technology degrees at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Westmont College. Over the years, the dinner has raised nearly $1.5 million in scholarships for 600 students. more

Who’s Who in Nonprofits & Foundations

President, Westmont College, Santa Barbara

President, Westmont College, Santa Barbara

Op/ed: Third-World infrastructure hampers Vietnam’s progress in fast-growth Asia

Former Westmont College professor David Newton is a Santa Barbara-based new venture consultant, author and adjunct professor with The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and the Pepperdine MBA programs. more

Op/ed: Central planning still rules China’s economy

Former Westmont College professor David Newton is a new venture consultant, author and adjunct professor with The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego… more

Analysis: Region’s students take on less college debt than peers do

While the college debt crisis has been making national headlines in recent years, students who graduated from a California school are faring relatively well compared to their counterparts in other states. … There are two private nonprofit colleges in the region, California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and Westmont College in Montecito. more


Powell urges sequester compromise at speech in SB

Saying that “you couldn’t run a 7-11 the way we are running the country,” former Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the White House and Congress to work together to end the budget cuts set to kick in at midnight on March 1. Speaking at Westmont College’s annual President’s Breakfast in Santa Barbara on Friday morning, Powell said that zealots “on the right wing and the left wing have seriously damaged” the nation’s political system. more

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