Asbury Dedicates Howard Dayton School of Business
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University dedicated a unique endeavor on Friday that is named in honor of a man whom friends say is best characterized by “service and sacrifice, not self and stuff.”
The Howard Dayton School of Business dedication kicked off a day-long celebration that also included a luncheon for invited guests and symposium in which a panel of business leaders discussed the integration of business practices and a character-filled life of integrity. The discussion served to highlight four distinctives of the school: a foundation of Biblical values regarding money and industry; a triple bottom line of profit, social impact and spiritual influence; mentoring and internship opportunities for each business student; and a curriculum that integrates the real-time experiences of working business leaders.
Howard Dayton graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University before launching into a career in business with the goal of “making as much money as possible as soon as possible,” he told a gathering of students, faculty, staff and invited guests. Along the way, he became part of a group of businessmen who studied the Bible for guidance on how to best run their businesses. Over the course of a year, he and his business partner looked up every verse in the Bible pertaining to business and finances, printed them out and sorted them categorically. They found more than 2,300 verses, and Dayton found Jesus.
Since then, Dayton has authored six books (Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map, Money and Marriage God’s Way and Business God’s Way) and hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, “MoneyWise,” through his ministry called “Compass – Finances God’s Way.” He founded Crown Ministries in 1985, which merged with Christian Financial Concepts in 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries.
Assistant Professor Emily Walsh, a 1998 graduate of Asbury’s business program with corporate experience in accounting and finance, says it is most appropriate to view the launch of the Howard Dayton School as an amplification of the values and philosophies that business students at Asbury have held all along.
“The Biblical values and perspective we’ve been learning and teaching at Asbury as they relate to business aren’t changing at all, but the Howard Dayton School of Business does raise the profile of the program,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to reach even more students.”