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College of Business to host signature fundraiser in Seattle

PULLMAN, Wash. – Eric Spangenberg, dean of Washington State University’s College of Business, will host the college’s 4th Annual Dean’s Leadership Celebration on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
The college invites all WSU alumni, prominent Pacific Northwest business leaders, and the general public to attend. The event includes a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., and a dinner, program and live auction conducted by celebrity auctioneer John Curley, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person or $350 per couple, and guests may register at
Sponsored by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Boeing, and the WSU Alumni Association, the celebration aims to raise proceeds for the Dean’s Excellence Fund, which supports the college’s highest priorities.
A sampling of live auction items includes one-of-a kind glass bowls sporting the WSU Cougar logo, three select vintage wines from Doubleback Winery, hotel packages, Cougar game tickets, a seven-day Holland America Cruise, a diamond-encrusted Cougar pendant from Sam Dial Jewelers, and more.
As part of the festivities, Spangenberg will present the Dean’s Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding dedication to and advocacy for the college.
“As the college’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the annual Dean’s Leadership Celebration helps us keep our margins of excellence and reach our campaign goal,” said Justin Marquart, senior director of development and college relations for the College of Business.
Events like the Dean’s Leadership Celebration move the College of Business closer to its goal of raising $75 million as part of the Campaign for Washington State University’s $1 billion effort, which is designed to position the university as one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation.
For more information, contact Jennifer Naughton at 509-335-8285 or email
About the college
The WSU College of Business is accredited at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college spans campuses across WSU with the largest campus in Pullman, a thriving online campus, and urban campuses located in Vancouver, the Tri-Cities area, an emerging campus in Everett, and global partnerships in China, Switzerland, Thailand, Greece, and many other locations. The college conducts scholarly and applied research, and offers degree programs in a variety of business disciplines, and in hospitality business management, supplementing face-to-face offerings through innovative online learning and international programs. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at