UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Business Department formally dedicated the William "Bill" O'Connor Conference Room on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Bill O'Connor, middle, business department chair Fred Chilson, right, and Chancellor Richard Storey, right."][/caption] The University of Montana Western Business Department formally dedicated the William "Bill" O'Connor Conference Room on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. The room is located in the upper level of the remodeled IT Woods building on the Montana Western campus and honors the longtime professor of business emeritus and the contributions he made to the university. The event was attended by members of the business department and campus community. "Bill was instrumental in the development of the Montana Western business department," Fred Chilson, chair of the business and technology department, said. "He came in 1976 as a social scientist teaching economics and there was no business department. Through his hard work and leadership, the department was developed and has evolved as a nationally recognized program." O'Connor received a master's in business from the University of Montana and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Montana Western, he served on the faculty senate, the tenure and promotions committee and the Montana Western Foundation. Away from campus, O'Connor is active in the Dillon community promoting small business and helping to develop retirement facilities in Dillon. O'Connor also served as governor of the Montana district of Kiwanis International in 2008.
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