COBA bid farewell to Dr. David Wright and Assistant Professor Mike Winegeart at a luncheon held in their honor this month. Faculty, staff and friends shared stories about David and Mike and presented them with tokens of appreciation from the college.

Dr. David Wright  is retiring after eleven years of service as an associate professor of marketing.  With broad academic and industry experience, David joined ACU in 2001 to teach management.  When the College of Business needed extra help in teaching marketing courses, David employed his past experience in the field and graciously added these classes to his routine.  David served for several years as the sponsor of the American Marketing chapter and mentored countless student teams while providing consulting services to over thirty clients in the area as part of the marketing research class.  David has helped train a generation of ACU management and marketing students. His kindness and Christian example have blessed many.

Mike Winegeart has served as Assistant Professor of Marketing and Director of Global Initiatives for COBA since 1997.  Mike brought extensive European business and cultural experiences to his ACU classes along with a passionate faith.  His fingerprints are evident on ACU’s summer Global Apprentice program in Oxford, England and in COBA’s winter Leadership Summit in Colorado.  Because of Mike, a decade and a half of students have left ACU with inspiring words in their ears and hearts and a well-formatted portfolio under their arm.

Each of these men have left an indelible mark on the College of Business faculty, staff, alumni and students. COBA and ACU will greatly miss Mike and Nancy Winegeart and David and Gayle Wright. We wish them God’s blessings in their future endeavors.