Welcome to the College of Business and Economics

About CBE

Welcome to Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics! In a gorgeous setting with a view of the Salish Sea, CBE faculty approach business in a way that will benefit people, the planet, and profits. Students develop people and analytical skills with an emphasis on sustainability. CBE’s programs are accredited by AACSB, assuring students, parents, and organizations that the College provides a quality education led by faculty who are experts in their fields.

Our Mission Statement

We are a student-centered community of scholars and professionals dedicated to providing students with the foundation necessary to have a lifelong positive impact on business and society.​

CBE News And Events

Important Spring Quarter 2024 Dates

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Spring has sprung! Here are some important dates to keep in mind for the 2024 Spring quarter! 

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony

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May 28, 2024 was the 2024 CBE Induction Ceremony for Beta Gamma Sigma!

CBE End of Year Student Celebration


It's that time of the school year! Join CBE in our End of Year Student Celebration!

CBE's 2024 Spring Gala


May 2, 2024 was the annual CBE Spring Gala! It was a night of networking and celebration as students reflect upon the past year of accomplishments.

CBE Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Business and Economics! 

As you embark on this exciting educational journey with us, we are thrilled to share with you the unique aspects that make our institution not just a place of learning, but a community that fosters growth, innovation, and positive change. 

We take immense pride in being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This prestigious recognition, held by only 6% of all business schools in the world, is a testament to our commitment to excellence in education, research, and everything we do. It assures you, our esteemed student, of the highest quality in business education that meets the rigorous standards of the AACSB. 

As the third largest university in the state, we offer a rich and diverse learning environment. Our size allows us to provide a wide array of resources, opportunities, and a network that will be invaluable to your academic and professional journey. And if that is not enough, our college is nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, whether at our main campus in Bellingham, or at our extension campuses in Poulsbo and Everett, our campus is not just your educational home but a serene and inspiring environment. The natural beauty surrounding us is a constant reminder of the importance of balance in life and learning, and it contributes to a holistic educational experience.



In the College of Business and Economics (CBE) we are guided by our strategic priorities to: 

  1. Prepare students for leadership: Our foremost priority is preparing and graduating students who are not only academically proficient but also ready to take on leadership roles as change agents in society. We believe in nurturing leaders who are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and ethical grounding necessary to make a significant impact in the business world and beyond.  
  2. Cultivate a mission-driven faculty and staff: We are committed to hiring, retaining, and developing the finest faculty and staff who contribute significantly to the well-being of society. Our educators and administrators are leaders in their fields, dedicated to creating an enriching learning environment and contributing to societal betterment through their expertise and engagement.
  3. Collaborate with stakeholders: Engaging with external stakeholders is key to our mission. We believe in the power of collaboration and the positive ripple effect it creates in society. Working closely with businesses, alumni, donors, and community leaders, we strive to create opportunities for our students and contribute constructively to societal well-being. 

As you join our community, know that you are stepping into a world of opportunity, learning, and growth. The College of Business and Economics is more than just an educational institution; it's a place where futures are shaped, leaders are born, and positive societal change is initiated. 

We are excited to welcome you and look forward to being a part of your journey to success. 


Deanna Kennedy
Dean, College of Business and Economics
Western Washington University
Phone: 360-650-6693
Email: kennedd7@wwu.edu


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