Atkinson Graduate School Names Career Director

Beth Ursin is the new director of career services for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. She begins her new job Aug. 23.

James Goodrich, dean of the school, said, "This opens a new chapter for Atkinson. In Beth we have someone who will focus on building the kind of employer relationships we need in order to place our graduates and increase visibility for the school."

Ursin's career started at Whitman College where she was involved in establishing the Whitman College Internship program. After graduating from Whitman with a bachelor's degree in psychology, she spent six years in career development and launched a three-campus career program for a technical college in Seattle. The program resulted in a key partnership with Microsoft and an average placement rate of 95 percent.

Ursin later moved to Portland and started an educational consulting business that helped 60 people start similar businesses in five states.

She earned her master's degree in business administration at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, where she focused on technology, marketing and international management. At Atkinson, she was instrumental in the analysis of e-commerce at 20 government agencies. Her findings influenced the legislation to fund the State of Oregon Internet Portal.

Ursin is currently a partner and chief operating officer for a newly emerging branch of mortgage bank, JurisTrust, a bank designed to offer low cost mortgages through attorneys nationwide.

Ursin and her husband Mark, also an Atkinson graduate, have two children. Alex is a junior in high school and Kristina is a freshman at the University of Oregon.