Eaton Family Chair in Economics and Business

The demand for entrepreneurial studies has never been greater. Business continues to rank among the top five subjects high school students want to study, with the most popular topics being entrepreneurship and business ownership. This interest offers hope for the future as we face a pressing need for visionary business leaders who can create jobs in our struggling economy and make an impact on the global marketplace.

In response, Westmont plans to establish a center to study entrepreneurship, the ethics of enterprise, and effective management in an environment of technological change and innovation. The college seeks to make a significant contribution in three areas:

  • Creating new ventures and jobs and focusing on social entrepreneurship;
  • Joining Christian principles with a sprit of entrepreneurship;
  • Offering economics and business courses and programs for students in all disciplines.

Westmont is recruiting a distinguished, effective leader to hold the new Eaton Family Chair in Economics and Business and be involved with the new center. This professor will have business experience and a passion for undergraduate teaching, help make the economics and business program stronger, and serve as the department’s external spokesperson. Goals include:

  • Meeting the ever-changing needs and aspirations of economics and business majors while maintaining the integrity of a Christian liberal arts education;
  • Enhancing connections to the local, regional and national business community by actively engaging in research, writing, speaking and consulting;
  • Establishing Westmont as a leading voice in the academy, church and business world.

Westmont economics and business alumni go to leading graduate and professional schools and into successful careers in business, academia, law and not-for-profit work. The recipient of the Eaton Family Chair will bring leadership skills and business experience to help the department achieve greater success and expand its global focus.

Thanks to leadership gifts from Trustee Emeritus David Eaton and his wife, Carol, and from the Westmont Board of Advisors, the college has made significant progress in completing the $1 million needed to fund the position.

Creating the Eaton Family Chair will help transform the economics and business program at Westmont. We invite you to join us in this important initiative.


For more information about the endowed faculty chair in business, please contact Cliff Lundberg, or 805-565-7188.