Merrill Gardens President Bill Pettit Goes Back to School

Merrill Gardens President Bill Pettit, and 3 other execs from the senior care industry, have joined the faculty at Washington State University as ad hoc members.

The group is teaching a new and unique course – HBM 497 Senior Living Management. The curriculum deals with a rapidly growing segment of the non-nursing-home senior living services industry, assisted living, independent living and memory care. The class is in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM).

“This is a very unique opportunity and a true industry/academic partnership,” said Nancy Swanger, director of the SHBM and instructor of record for the course. “With our aging boomer population, the demand for students with this type of management training is potentially huge.

“We are perhaps the only public institution in the country with a senior living course as an option in its hospitality curriculum – certainly the only one on the west coast,” she said.

In addition to participating in developing the curriculum and providing classroom instruction, all four of the companies will host the class to a tour of some of their senior living communities. Plus, the companies are awarding scholarships of $2,500 to four students enrolled in the class.

For more info, please read the recent article from the WSU News Center. In the meantime, congrats Professor Pettit.

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