Generous donation by W. Dean Weidner spurs development of new minor
A recent donation to MacEwan University’s School of Business will provide students with a direct track into the property management industry.
The $1-million donation was gifted to the university by W. Dean Weidner, the founder and president of Weidner Investment Services, Inc., which owns 46,000 properties throughout the United States and Canada. The funds are being invested in scholarships as well the development of a property management minor in the Bachelor of Commerce program. In advance of developing the full minor, the School of Business offered a selection of courses in property management during the Fall term.
Though Dean has provided millions of dollars in donations to post-secondary property management programs in the United States, this is his first donation to a Canadian post-secondary institution. “Weidner Investment Services chose to donate to MacEwan University because they were impressed that our graduates from the School of Business were ready to hit the ground running,” says Elsie Elford, dean of the School of Business. “We are pleased to have this support, which will give our students a unique opportunity to explore and launch professional careers in a dynamic industry.”
The donation is timely, as property development remains at a high in Edmonton. “We’re thrilled about the development of a residential property management education track,” commented John McGrath, vice-president, Integrated Information and Communication Systems, and chief information officer. “With the overwhelming amount of commercial and residential development that we see in downtown Edmonton, especially on the 104 Avenue corridor where MacEwan is located, it’s incredibly fitting that we establish and grow in this unique and highly practical area of study.”
In honour of the donation, one of the university’s classrooms has been named “The Weidner Investment Services Classroom.” The October 26 reception was held to recognize the gift and unveil a commemorative plaque in the classroom.
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