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Woodlief Seeks to Accelerate Business Success

August 21, 2018

Woodlief and Carter at Owen School of Business


Philip Woodlief, C’75, has a plan for a pipeline between Sewanee’s business program and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. “Owen is a perfect destination for Sewanee students,” says Woodlief. “It’s a familiar environment, with small classes and close faculty-student interactions. There should be a natural connection.”

Woodlief should know. He teaches financial accounting research in Owen’s master of accounting (MAcc) program, a one-year graduate program that places 100 percent of its graduates in global Big Four accounting firms. He also taught accounting at Sewanee in 2018, so he knows today’s Sewanee students. 

For this and the next four summers, Woodlief is providing a scholarship to students attending Owen’s Accelerator Program, a four-week experience that combines intensive instruction in business fundamentals with real-world consulting internships. It is designed specially for liberal arts students. In addition to gaining skills and orientation needed for successful careers, students receive guidance in building strong résumés, interviewing, and networking from Accelerator faculty. Graduates of the Accelerator Program receive a discount on the MAcc program, should they decide to pursue that degree. The Accelerator Scholarship is jointly funded by Sewanee donors and Vanderbilt, and Sewanee graduates can also claim a discount when they attend the MAcc program, all part of a pipeline plan. 

“I am delighted to support the Sewanee-Vanderbilt Scholarship to the Accelerator Program because my philanthropic dollar can support two institutions I love: Sewanee and the Owen School,” says Woodlief. The Owen School is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading business schools.

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