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J. Garland Schilcutt shakes hands with Dr. David Black

The Lakeland University Board of Trustees has approved establishing the J. Garland Schilcutt School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lakeland University.

The board's action honors Schilcutt for nearly six decades of building and growing Lakeland's business programs, as well as teaching and mentoring many hundreds of Lakeland students.

Known affectionately as Prof to most who know him, Schilcutt arrived at Lakeland in January of 1958, and the Gary, Ind., native never left.

He retired from full-time teaching at Lakeland in 2015, having served 57 years, the longest tenure of any employee in the institution's history. He remains a Lakeland ambassador and he regularly consults Lakeland's advancement team.

"Students in the Schilcutt School will be challenged to demonstrate the habits of mind and character that this community has long observed in Prof Schilcutt," said Lakeland President David Black.

"Those include a knowledge of his discipline, his craft and the larger context in which they operate; an urbane awareness of the world combined with a deep sense of place in this, his home; an ethic that includes the golden rule in all matters; a subordination of self-interest to the common good and to the best interest of his students and Lakeland; and the dignity of his hard work."

Schilcutt created and sustained all of Lakeland's business-related academic programs. He was the true progenitor of the evening and off-campus programs, serving as dean for the program in the 1990s. He served as the first director of the Master of Business Administration program.

Schilcutt earned numerous awards and honors over the years, including winning the 1992 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and being named an honorary Lakeland alumnus in 1988.

But his enormous academic and programmatic contributions to Lakeland were dwarfed by the impact he had on individual students. For years, Schilcutt lived on campus, teaching his classes by day, tutoring, mentoring and coaching by night, often until the early morning hours.

Officially both professor and resident director, he was a mentor, father figure, disciplinarian, confessor, advisor, counselor, advocate and friend.

"Today we market how, thanks to technology, Lakeland delivers access to education for students around the clock," Black said. "Prof has been doing this for almost six decades."

Some Lakeland graduates have expressed interest in establishing scholarships within the Schilcutt School. Those interested in contributing to this effort should contact Beth Borgen at or 920-565-1023 ext. 2152.

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