Christine Beaudoin and Bradford Sims
Christine Beaudoin (left), senior project engineer and recruiter for Gilbert Southern Corp., presented Bradford Sims (right), Western associate professor of engineering technology and construction management program director, with a check for $2,000 to be used towards the program’s scholarship fund. The check was presented during the Construction Industry Advisory Board meeting held recently at Western.

CULLOWHEE - Construction industry leaders from the Southeast met recently at Western Carolina University to help provide direction and support for Western’s undergraduate program in construction management.

Nineteen industry executives make up the 2003-04 Construction Industry Advisory Board. Members of the group met in Western’s newly renovated Belk Building to discuss the program.

More than 80 students are now majoring in construction management at Western, said Bradford Sims, associate professor and program director. New graduates can expect entry-level salaries in the $35,00-$45,00 range and graduate placement across the country is nearly 100 percent, Sims said.

Western’s first class of construction managers will graduate this fall. Construction management majors are required to complete 66 semester hours in construction management and related courses, 16 hours in geology, mathematics and physics, and another 42 hours in Western’s liberal studies program. Students also are required to complete a full summer internship in the construction industry.

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from the beginning to end for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality.

Members of the program’s advisory board are Christine Beaudoin, Gilbert Southern Corp., Peachtree City, Ga.; Kenneth L. Bullock, Woolpert LLP, Charlotte; Jeff Cattrell, Peregrine Industrial, Southeastern Industrial Group, Asheville; Kenneth Czarnomski, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College; Oscar Esquibel, Halliburton, Sugar Land, Texas; Jerry Grant, Beverly-Grant Inc., Asheville; Brad Griffin, Centex Homes, Kernersville; David Hourdequin, D. Remy & Co., Highlands; Bernie Kessell, Bunnell-Lammons Engineering Inc., Arden; Fred W. Lewis, Haynes Electric Construction Co.; Asheville; Rick McCarroll, McCarroll Construction Inc., Arden; Bill Newman, Taylor & Murphy Construction Company Inc., Asheville; Lewis Penland, C. Lewis Penland Inc., Franklin; William Ted Phillips Jr., Phillips and Jordan Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.; Gene Presley, Hayes & Lunsford Electrical Contractors Inc., Asheville; Eugene F. Rash, Taylor, Penry, Rash & Riemann, PLLC, Charlotte; W.H. Reeves, Carolina Steel Inc., Greensboro; Otis Vaughn, APAC-Carolina Inc., Wilmington; and Joseph H. Walker, WCU department of Facilities Management.

For more information about Western’s construction management program, contact Bradford Sims at (828) 227-2175 or via email at

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