Residence Life


The Business Residential Learning Community

The Business RLC (BRLC) is a partnership between the Park School of Business and the Office of Residence Life and Education. The BRLC is unique nationally in its incorporation of two companion programs. There is a program for underclassmen that are interested in business or are declaring a business major and a companion program for five selected senior business majors who will be live-in advisors.  

Participants in the Business RLC enjoy:
  • Fall semester: Intro to Business (MG 110) (link to course catalog)
  • Spring semester: Personal Finance (FI 201) (link to course catalog)
  • Classes in the Copley Quad classroom
  • Special luncheons and programs with business leaders in the Kansas City area
  • 5 senior Business Advisors
  • Special advising sessions
  • Assigned Academic Program Manager from the School of Business

From Dr. Kliendl, Dean of the School of Business
”The School of Business at Park University is dedicated to helping our students succeed. This starts with our students working with our faculty, developing life-long relationships with their fellow students, and working on an education that will result in a career where they can succeed anywhere in the world. The new Business Residential Learning Community is the first step to a student’s lifelong success.”

From William Venable, Faculty for the School of Business
“Students in this program will learn how to bridge the gap between the business world and the academic world from the first day in class.  They will receive first hand experiences in building networks they will take with them well beyond graduation. “

Bill Venable is the Academic Program Manager for the Business RLC. Bill has been a member of the faculty of the School of Business since 2006, where he teaches undergraduate courses in marketing and management, as well as the capstone course in the MBA Program – Business Policy and Strategy.  Popular among students, faculty, and the community, he has served as a department chair, assistant dean, and president of the faculty senate.  He is a co-founder of the Park Summer Business Academy, which introduces Park University to high school students in the Kansas City urban core and surrounding school districts.

Prior to joining Park, Bill spent more than 20 years in marketing and finance, in positions with divisions of Merrill Lynch, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, AMC Entertainment, UMB Bank, and Sprint. He also served as an adjunct instructor in the marketing departments at Rockhurst University and Avila University.

He is very active in the business community and serves on the board of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, and it’s Center for Urban Enterprise.  Not only involved in the Kansas City community; he is also concerned with international trade and has participated in three economic missions to Mexico since 1996. In that capacity he served as a consultant, helping Mexican firms to identify target markets in the United States.

Bill has degrees from the University of Kansas, Rockhurst University, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he was awarded the Arthur Mag Ph.D. Fellowship in the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration.  He is completing his doctoral work at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine where his research in on the cost of health care and our aging population.