By Lindy Harp
On Friday, October 30, members of the Breech School of Business gathered to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The night was filled with speeches commemorating the school’s history and honoring its founder, Ernest R. Breech. None other than his grandson, Robert Breech, made the ceremony’s opening remarks. He spoke warmly of Ernest Breech, referring to him as “Pop,” and told stories of Breech’s success in his many business endeavors.
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Kelley Still, co-planner of the Breech 50th Anniversary Celebration said, “I was just so touched by the enthusiasm for the event from our alums, trustees and faculty and staff. Spending time with Bob Breech and listening to him that night made Ernie Breech so real—makes me want to make him proud!”
Bill Rohlf, Interim Director of Breech, made other remarks that evening. Dr. Rohlf introduced the faculty and spoke about the many achievements made within the Breech School of Business, including the school’s pursuit to attain AASCB accreditation, one of the world’s highest standards of achievement for business schools.
Two students also shared their experiences as business majors at Drury University. Lindy Harp, a senior Management and History major, spoke of her internship the previous summer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Harp is the first Breech student to do an internship abroad. Jordan Fry, a senior Management and Marketing major, talked about his experience with Drury’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team. SIFE is one of Breech’s most prestigious organizations, and is nationally and internationally recognized.
A video tribute to Ernest Breech and the subsequent directors of the school preceded a closing speech made by Trustee member Jack Shewmaker. Shewmaker addressed the school’s future and the unlimited potential of its students in the 21st Century.
Looking back, co-planner of the celebration, Jeff Jones said, “It was an honor to have an opportunity to plan and be a part of such a wonderful celebration. The success of the event, in large part, was driven by the enthusiasm of Breech alumni. We have such a storied history, and it was a delight to share this story with our constituents."