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John Brown University dedicates business college to Don Soderquist

John Brown University hosted a dedication ceremony of the Don G. Soderquist College of Business on Wednesday (Feb. 26) at the Siloam Springs campus. Soderquist and his family attended the dedication and unveiling of the plaque that will hang in the college entrance.

The Donald G. Soderquist College of Business is home to three business programs: undergraduate, graduate and degree completion. These programs provide Christ-centered business education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Soderquist spent more than 20 years as a leader at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and became known as “the keeper of the culture” after the passing of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Soderquist served as chief operating officer and senior vice chairman during a period of exponential growth for Wal-Mart, as the company became the largest in the world with sales of more than $200 billion.

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He served on the JBU board of trustees from 1982 until 2009, and served as chairman from 1991 until 2002. He is a trustee emeriti and was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2010. Soderquist also is the founding executive of the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics at university.

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