A Carthage High School graduate and retired Missouri Southern State University business professor donated his collection of more than 200 books on international business to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.


 

A Carthage High School graduate and retired Missouri Southern State University business professor donated his collection of more than 200 books on international business to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.


Dr. John Lewis, retired professor of international business and director of business and international education at Missouri Southern, passed his personal library of more than 200 books on international finance, business and marketing, along with compact discs and maps, to SBU upon his retirement on Feb. 1.


"We are so appreciative of the generous gift Dr. Lewis has made to SBU's College of Business and Computer Science," said Dr. David Whitlock, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science in a written release from SBU. "These new holdings in international business will enhance our programs and in particular our international business major. We have made great strides in the last decade without students continuing to test in the 90-95th percentile nationally among all U.S. students taking the Major Field Test in business. 


"Our graduates enjoy a near 100 percent placement rate immediately upon graduation.  Our MBA continues to grow in size and reputation, and our faculty are regionally and nationally recognized scholars in their disciplines.  As Dr. Lewis makes good on his promise to Congressmen Taylor so many years ago at the dedication of our Free Enterprise Center, SBU continues our dedication to promoting free enterprise with a biblical worldview."


Lewis said he wanted to help Southwest Baptist further its goals of increasing international business education.


"Over the years I've been an international business professor, I've collected these books," Lewis said. "They are on subjects like international economics, international business, international management and marketing."


Lewis' donation stemmed from his friendship with the late Seventh District U.S. Rep Gene Taylor, a Sarcoxie native and a friend of SBU. During Lewis' trips to Washington D.C. throughout his service in the United States Navy Reserves, he would often stay in Congressman Taylor's apartment. At the dedication of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center in 1982, Lewis promised Congressman Taylor that he would donate his books and resource to SBU upon his retirement.


"Missouri State and Missouri Southern are state-funded institutions that go to senators and ask tax people for support," Lewis said. "Therefore, I argue that private funds should be donated to private institutions."


Lewis said SBU is also a private school with an international program that should be supported.


"It was started and helped along by Gene Taylor, who was a friend of mine," Lewis said. "They got their international program started and at some point, I wanted to help by donating my collection to the school he supported."


SBU officials expressed their appreciation for Lewis' donation in their news release.


"We are very appreciative," said Ed Walton, dean of University Libraries. "The collection will be housed in the University Libraries and will be identified by nameplates and will be featured in the University Libraries' catalog for students' use."


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