September 14, 2007

Kuwaiti government promotes SIUC graduate

by Alicia Doerr

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Business and Administration has been named Kuwait's secretary general for the Supreme Council for Planning and Development.

Adel Al-Waguyan of Kuwait, vice dean for consultation, training, and labs and director of the Center of Excellence in Management at College of Business Administration of Kuwait University, is now also working for the Kuwait government.

"I'm very excited about this," said Al-Waguyan. In the new position, Al-Waguyan said he will be utilizing valuable skills he honed while attending the College of Business. "At SIU, I learned from the professors like Dr. John Summey how to be a successful upper-level manager in a world full of challenge and competition."

Al-Waguyan holds an MBA from SIUC and a doctorate in marketing from University of Rhode Island. In 1998, he became assistant professor of marketing at Kuwait University. In 2002, Al-Waguyan was promoted to vice dean.

Al-Waguyan may be thousands of miles from Southern Illinois but his alma mater is still in his thoughts. "College of Business Academic Adviser Joe Pineau was and still is a dear friend. His dedication to his work and his ability to reach out to students along with his great personality make him a great adviser," Al-Waguyan said.

Established in 1957, SIUC's College of Business and Administration is among the nation's most reputable business schools. It is renowned for its student centered learning environment, which is driven by an innovative spirit and enhanced by world-class research. U.S. News & World Report ranks the college as one of the top 100 public business schools nationwide.