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.

     Under his 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. 

    Willhite was known for investing in students and was always there to help, regardless of the day or time. The Helen A. and W. Lyle Willhite Memorial Scholarship continues to help today’s finance students. 

    “Dean Willhite was a terrific person and an excellent leader,” said Dr. Richard Featheringham ‘81, faculty member emeritus.