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Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre named
Center named for prominent Cleveland-area residents

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2006) -- Ralph Schey was a guiding force behind the creation of Ohio University's Sales Centre in 1997. Now he has helped make the center, one of only 11 sales programs in the nation, even better.

Photos by Rick FaticaOhio University celebrated the naming of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University in the College of Business yesterday. The Gates Mills, Ohio, couple made a $2.2 million commitment to support the center, and the Ohio University Board of Trustees passed a resolution that approved the official naming of the center during its recent meeting.  "It is particularly fitting that the center has now been named for those who first inspired us," said College of Business Associate Dean Dawn Deeter-Schmelz.

The Schey endowment supports research, scholarships, operating expenses, visits from nationally known speakers, professional trainers, workshops and sales symposia that allow current students to interact with professionals in the field.

"The Sales Centre is much more than a program for College of Business Students," Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said. "More than 160 students from six colleges are currently pursuing sales certificates. Statistics show that up to 65 percent of college graduates' first professional jobs are in sales-related roles."

Ralph Schey, who is now retired, was for two decades president and CEO of the $1 billion conglomerate Scott Fetzer Company, a Berkshire Hathaway holding. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in commerce from Ohio University in 1948 and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1987. Luci Schey has been a trustee for the Cleveland Orchestra, among other civic groups. The Scheys are emeriti trustees of The Ohio University Foundation Board. 

"My father has often said the university must teach students new and innovative ideas, which the Sales Centre definitely does," said Larry Schey, an Athens businessman and member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees speaking on behalf of his family. "To have his name on a program of this caliber is something he's very proud of."

Photos by Rick FaticaThe center has a strong practical learning aspect with an emphasis on learning outside of the classroom that complements the innovative classroom curriculum. Each student is required to complete an internship. 

"It's all about the people," Erin Cochran, chair of the candidate advisory council, said. "I think I speak for all the students in the program when I say that the Sales Centre teaches the true meaning of those words."

The program has grown since enrolling 22 students three years ago. Approximately 150 individuals have earned sales certificates from the center since its first class graduated in 2000.

The Sales Centre currently has sales certificate candidates majoring in areas such as marketing, journalism, accounting, advertising, retail merchandising, anthropology, sports management, actuarial science, finance and management information systems.

For more information regarding The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University please visit www.thesalescentre.com.

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Writer: Elizabeth Boyle; Photos: Rick Fatica

Media Contact: Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre Executive Director Ken Hartung, (740) 593-9328 or hartung@ohio.edu, or Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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