2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
W. Lyle Whillhite, Ph.D.
2014 Faculty Award
The late W.
Lyle Willhite served as the first dean of what is now the College of Business
Administration from 1960 to 1976. Willhite earned a bachelor’s degree from the
Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the
University of Illinois. During his tenure at CMU, programs expanded rapidly and
the faculty increased in numbers. Part of his vision was to have Grawn Hall
filled to capacity by business classes.
leadership, CMU developed its Master of Business Administration program and
began the task of preparing the then School of Business for AACSB
accreditation. He encouraged the faculty to improve the quality and quantity of
their professional writing, which led to their increased visibility leading to
speeches and presentations throughout the country. While the accreditation came
after his retirement, the groundwork he laid was instrumental.
was known for investing in students and was always there to help, regardless of
the day or time. The
“Dean Willhite was a terrific person and an excellent
leader,” said Dr. Richard Featheringham ‘81, faculty member emeritus.