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College partners with Ireland-based Kerry to enhance student opportunities

Members of the UW-Whitewater student organization Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) visit Kerry in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 6. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

Members of the UW-Whitewater student organization Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) visit Kerry in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Oct. 6. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater today announced a new strategic partnership with Kerry, the taste and nutrition company headquartered in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

Both parties have signed a letter of intent, which forms the framework to promote cooperation and shared goals in the following areas:  faculty/staff engagement, student engagement, internships, recruitment, university financial support and continued learning.

John Chenoweth, Dean of the College of Business and Economics, states, “We’re pleased and excited to have Kerry as a strategic partner. The participation of business leaders and corporate partners is critical to the success of the college and our students. They help ensure our curriculum and learning outcomes are relevant in a fast-changing business world. It also ensures our graduating students are marketable and career-ready.”

Mike Gransee, Global Chief Procurement and Risk Management Officer from Kerry’s Beloit, Wisconsin location, relates, “The partnership is a natural extension of our existing relationship. Kerry and the College of Business and Economics share the values of commitment, teamwork, excellence, entrepreneurship and value creation. In addition, as a community stakeholder, we feel a responsibility to help prepare students for the world that awaits them.”

With locations across six continents, Kerry is uniquely positioned to help students prepare for the global workplace.

“Kerry has people on the ground in more than 50 countries,” Gransee shares, “and we understand the importance of diversity and international perspective. Quite simply, professionals who understand the world outside their own national boundaries have a distinct advantage.”

Chenoweth agrees, saying, “We recognize international experiences are critical to the personal and professional success of our students. For this reason, we’re committed to promoting a range of opportunities—including international internships, study abroad and travel study courses—that develop the skills and global mindset employers value.”

Kerry also looks forward to continuing to hire UW-Whitewater graduates.

“Recruitment is an intensive endeavor,” Gransee explains, “and finding candidates with the right skill and culture fit is especially tough. Kerry prides itself on being a challenging but highly rewarding place to work. We keep returning to UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics because their students and graduates have the work ethic, skills and knowledge base needed to excel here.”

This formal partnership is the first of its kind at the college, and important to its overall strategic priorities.

“By earning the respect and backing of corporate partners, alumni and other benefactors, and with sound management of our fiscal resources, we’re able to fund world-class faculty, cutting-edge technology and exceptional student experiences with minimal draw on the University of Wisconsin System.”

About Kerry

Kerry provides the largest, most innovative portfolio of Taste & Nutrition technologies and systems and Functional Ingredients & Actives for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The consumer foods division, Kerry Foods, is also a leading consumer foods processor and supplier in selected EU markets. Kerry’s industry leading technologies are backed by the industry’s most robust in-house processing capabilities and expertise to address manufacturing challenges and help customers design winning consumer products.

Junior accounting student Joseph Barrett smiles as members of the student organization Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) participate and listen to a panel discussion during their visit to Kerry. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

Junior accounting student Joseph Barretto smiles as members of the student organization Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) participate and listen to a panel discussion during their visit to Kerry in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Oct. 6. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

Members of the UW-Whitewater student organization Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) learn about the Taste and Nutrition Discovery Center during a tour of Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Inc. in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 6.

Members of the UW-Whitewater Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) learn about the Taste and Nutrition Discovery Center during a tour of Kerry. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

Freshman accounting and French major Nayeli Govantes Alcantar suits up in the mandatory jacket, hairnet and glasses before entering the research and development facility at Kerry in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 6. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

Freshman accounting and French major Nayeli Govantes Alcantar suits up in the mandatory jacket, hairnet and glasses before entering Kerry’s research and development facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. (Photo: Anthony Wahl)

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