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Councilmember Scott Somers named to Wilkes University at Mesa Advisory Board
By: Randy Policar
04/10/13 11:01 AM

District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers has been named to the Wilkes University at Mesa Advisory Board. Wilkes University has created the board to help better serve the City of Mesa in meeting its educational goals. The Advisory Board will be made up of community, education and business leaders in Mesa.
 
The main purpose of the Wilkes University at Mesa Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations on a variety of topics including opportunities for enrollment growth, potential partnerships, community service and student internship opportunities, as well as insights into the local region and culture. Specific goals for this year include participation in developing Wilkes’ brand and a network of partnerships that will help Wilkes meet its enrollment targets.
 
“I am honored that Wilkes University has asked me to serve on their Advisory Board,” Councilmember Somers said. “I am ready to get to work and help Wilkes establish itself on the educational landscape in Mesa and Arizona.”
 
Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. The Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania school announced in July of 2012 it would be coming to Mesa’s Center for Higher Education.

In January 2013, Wilkes began offering courses for a master’s degree in business administration and creative writing in Mesa.  Starting in fall 2013, additional master’s degree programs in teaching English as a second language, classroom technology, engineering management, and mechanical engineering will be offered.

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