Message from the Dean

Welcome to the W. Edwards Deming School of Business at William Howard Taft University. The School’s namesake, Dr. Deming (1900 – 1993), was a statistician, research scholar and international business consultant who contributed significantly to the disciplines of quality control and quality management.

Dr. Deming’s work has resulted in many well-known quality initiatives, including Total Quality Management (TQM) and the Four Steps of the Deming Cycle, also known as the “Plan-Do-Check-Act-Cycle” (aka Plan-Do-Study-Act), and Quality Circles. The implementation of his research and ideas has left a monumental impact on world-wide management endeavors, leading to efficiencies which are still experienced by major industries, academia, and governments, today.

As you engage in the study of Business at William Howard Taft University, I urge you to keep in mind the following quote from Dr. Deming: “Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and the people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment.”

Likewise, the pursuit of your education within the W. Edwards Deming School of Business is an expression of your commitment to improve and transform yourself, in preparation for the many opportunities that lie ahead in your life. Your business studies are the beginning of your life-long learning journey. My goal is to guide you through the joys of lifelong learning and the acquisition of knowledge that is foundational and essential to your success in the future.

Dr. Laura Pogue
William Howard Taft University, W. Edwards Deming School of Business

Dr. Pogue’s ambition and energy have led her on an exciting journey, from her first position at General Motors Corporation through to academia, entrepreneurship, and corporate governance endeavors.

Dr. Pogue earned a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Pogue has been a dedicated business educator for over 15 years, providing business education in the corporate, online, andt traditional classrooms. She has served in many leadership roles for accredited academic institutions, in addition to mentoring doctoral and graduate business students. Dr. Pogue has remained at the forefront of online education policies and initiatives and presently serves as a distance education specialist for several accrediting commissions, recognized by the Department of Education.

She is the owner of Complete Consulting, Inc., Complete Holdings, and Complete Aviation. Dr. Pogue’s 25 years of industry experience includes corporate leadership roles at General Motors and American Financial Consulting Group.

Dr. Pogue holds corporate board of director experience. To support her ongoing education in corporate governance, Dr. Pogue is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, having demonstrated her commitment to boardroom excellence by completing the organization’s comprehensive program of study for experienced corporate directors. She also serves on the financial advisory and industry advisory boards for major industry and academic organizations.

Dr. Pogue has a patent pending with the United States Patent Office for online classroom quality control and the measurement of learning outcomes. The use of technology to shape the “new” classroom experience remains an abiding passion. Dr. Pogue has presented in the “Emerging Classroom in the Cloud” to entrepreneurs, aviation and business academic leaders.

As a commercial, instrument-rated pilot and flight instructor licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Dr. Pogue considers the lifelong learning aspects of all of her endeavors an essential part of setting an positive example for her students.

The W. Edwards Deming School of Business

Doctor of Business Administration Program
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Master of Science in Taxation Program
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MBA - Master of Business Administration
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MBA - with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
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MBA - with a concentration in Health Care Administration
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MBA - with a concentration in Professional Practice Management
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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Completion Program
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Partners in Professional Education℠ (PIPE℠) Program

Over the past three decades, the University has been pleased to contribute to the professional education of thousands of individuals employed by numerous organizations. With the goal of increasing co-operation between the University and the international business community, the Partners in Professional Education℠ (PIPE℠) Program was established to provide graduate level educational opportunities to qualified employees of participating organizations. Employees of participating organizations are eligible for tuition grants on all University degree programs.

Public School Teachers should contact their school district or teacher association for detailed information on the special PIPE℠ Program available for the Master of Education and Doctor of Education Programs.

For more information visit the FAQ page for the PIPE℠ Program.

Participating Organizations

California Charter Schools Association
Colorado League of Charter Schools

Consulting and Accounting Firms
Amper, Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Anchin, Block & Anchin, Accountants and Consultants
Aronson & Company, Certified Public Accountants

Baird Kurtz & Dobson, CPAs and Advisors
BDO Seidman, Accountants and Consultants
Berdon LLP, CPAs and Advisors
Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Certified Public Accountants
Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Certified Public Accountants & Consultants
Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Company, Certified Public Accountants Business
Clifton Gunderson LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Constantin Group, Certified Public Accountants
Crisp Hughes Evans LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Crowe, Chizek and Company, Certified Public Accountants

Deloitte & Touche, Certified Public Accountants (USA)
Dixon Odom PLLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Doeren Mayhew, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Donna Baker & Associates, Certified Public Accountants

Eide Bailly LLP, Certified Public Accountants
Elliott Davis LLC, Certified Public Accountants
Ernst & Young, Certified Public Accountants (USA)

Grant Thornton, Accountants and Business Advisors

Hill, Barth & King LLC, Certified Public Accountants

J.H. Cohn LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Kaufman, Rossin & Company, Certified Public Accountants
Kemper CPA Group LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
Kennedy & Coe LLC, Certified Public Accountants
KPMG Peat Marwick, Certified Public Accountants

Larson, Allen, CPAs, Consultants & Advisors

Mahoney Cohen & Company, Certified Public Accountants
McGladrey & Pullen, Certified Public Accountants
Moss Adams LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Parente Randolph, Accountants & Consultants
Plante & Moran, Certified Public Accountants
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Certified Public Accountants (USA)

Reznick Fedder & Silverman, Certified Public Accountants
Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Company, Certified Public Accountants

Schneider, Downs, Certified Public Accountants
Suby, Von Haden & Associates, Certified Public Accountants

Virchow Krause & Company LLP. , Certified Public Accountants and

Weiser LLP, Certified Public Accountants
Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson, Certified Public Accountants
WithumSmith & Brown APC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

3Com Corporation
3M Company
21st Century Insurance Group

A.G. Edwards, Inc.
Abbott Laboratories
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adolph Coors Company
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Allergan, Inc.
The Allstate Corporation, Inc.
American Airlines
American Express Company
American Greetings Corporation
American Standard Companies
Amgen, Inc.
Anheusar-Busch Companies
AOL Time Warner, Inc.
AON Corporation
Apple Computer, Inc.
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.

Bank of America Corporation
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
BearingPoint, Inc.
Black & Decker Corporation
The Boeing Company
Borders Group, Inc.
BorgWarner, Inc.
British Airways
Brunswick Corporation
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation

California Family Health Council, Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Caterpillar, Inc.
Centex Corporation
Ceridian Corporation
The Charles Schwab Corporation
The Cheesecake Factory
Chevron Texaco Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citigroup, Inc.
City National Corporation
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
Clorox Company
CNA Financial Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Comcast Corporation
Comerica, Inc.
Community Health Systems, Inc.
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Dell Computer Corporation
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
The Dial Corporation
Dillards, Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
Duke Energy Corporation
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

E*TRADE Group, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
eBay, Inc.
Eli Lilly & Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation

FedEx Corporation
FleetBoston Financial Corporation
Fluor Corporation
Foot Locker, Inc.
Ford Motor Company

Gannett Company
Gateway, Inc.
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors Corporation
The Gillette Company
Golden West Financial Corporation
H.D. Vest, Inc.
H.J. Heinz Company
H&R Block, Inc.
Halliburton Company
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
HCA, Inc.
Hershey Foods Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Home Depot, Inc.
Honeywell International, Inc.
Hormel Foods Corporation
Humana, Inc.

Ingram Micro, Inc.
Intel Corporation
International Business Machines Corporation
Intuit, Inc.

Japan Airlines
Jet Blue
John Wiley & Sons
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente (California)
Kellogg Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Knight-Ridder, Inc.
Kohl’s Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

La-Z-Boy, Inc.
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lucent Technologies, Inc.

Mandalay Resort Group
Marathon Oil Corporation
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
Mattel, Inc.
McDonald’s Corporation
The McGraw-Hill Companies
Mellon Financial Corporation
Mercury General Corporation
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Motorola, Inc.

Navistar International Corporation
Network Associates, Inc.
Nextel Communications, Inc.
Nike, Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc.

Outback Steakhouse, Inc.

Park Place Entertainment Corporation
Paychex, Inc.
The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.
Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Procter & Gamble Company
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Quantus Airlines

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons
RadioShack Corporation
Raytheon Company
Reebok International Ltd.
Ryder Systems, Inc.

Sempra Energy
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Smiths Medical MD, Inc.
Southwest Airlines
Sprint Corp. (FON Group)
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
The Stanley Works
Staples, Inc.
Starbucks Corporation
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
State Farm Insurance
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tyson Foods, Inc

U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Cellular Corporation
United Airlines
United Parcel Service, Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
Unocal Corporation

VeriSign, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walgreen Company
The Walt Disney Company
Washington Mutual, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.
Wells Fargo & Company
Wendy’s International
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Xerox Corporation

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