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News Release January 23

Willamette University Partners with the Institute of Management Consultants to Offer Certificate Program in Management Consulting

Certificate program will help foster leaders within the management consulting profession; reinforce commitment to ethical business practices

WASHINGTON, DC – The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA), the certifying body and professional association for management consultants and management consulting firms whose Certified Management Consultant® has earned the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO/IEC 17024-2003accreditation, today announced a formal alliance with Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management to design and deliver a Certificate Program in Management Consulting. The program will be launched in February 2013.

As the undisputed leader in the field, the mission of IMC USA is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources. The new alliance with Willamette is in lockstep with that mission. IMC USA and Willamette will develop the certificate program in accordance with the standards and best practices established by the IMC. As part of the agreement-.

"This partnership between Willamette University and the IMC to deliver the Certificate in Management Consulting offers a tremendous opportunity to those in the field of management consulting to build both their skills and their business. Willamette has been recognized for the excellence of its academic programs and this partnership will build on that foundation. We are tremendously excited to launch this program,” said Melinda Rogers, SPHR, Director, Executive Development Center, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University

With campuses in both Salem and Portland, Oregon, Willamette University is a nationally renowned, highly selective private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement. The Atkinson Graduate School of Management is committed to providing world class management education to U.S. and international students in all stages of their careers. We help our graduates acquire life-long learning skills and become outstanding leaders and managers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide by offering an intimate learning and practice environment, an integrated, cross-sectorial approach to management education, and dedication to quality teaching, instructional development, basic and applied research, and exceptional, customized career services.

"Strong academic programs like the one starting at Willamette are a vital part of IMC USA. This program will provide an effective conduit to the management consulting profession. That conduit, facilitated through the Certificate in Management Consulting that we are starting at Willamette, is of benefit to the profession, to Willamette students, to those who buy consulting services and to IMC USA,” stated David Norman CMC® chairman of IMC USA.

About the Institute of Management Consultants USA

IMC USA is the certifying body and professional association for management consultants and firms in the USA. The IMC USA mission is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education, and professional resources. IMC USA awards the profession's internationally-recognized designation of the CMC® (Certified Management Consultant®) and CMC FirmÔ (Certified Management Consulting FirmÔ). The CMC® designation is recognized in 48 countries, including 17 of the G20, and is the highest earned recognition that can be achieved in the management consulting profession. It is a standard for excellence competence and ethics in consulting. The CMC® designation acknowledges extensive experience, technical competence, peer reviews, client satisfaction, and oral and written examinations of and adherence to the IMC USA Code of Ethics.For more information about IMC USA, please visit www.imcusa.org.
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