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Barbara and Ted McLaughlin
Dr. Greg Guthrie, Trustee Ted McLaughlin, and Dr. Keith Levi
Ron Barnett, Keith Levi, Barbara and Ted McLaughlin, Elaine and Greg Guthrie
(Photos by Ken West)
The McLaughlin Building —  Promoting the Success of the Computer Professionals Program
The Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management started in 1996 with nine students. Over 1,500 students from more than 80 countries either have graduated or are currently in the program. Students have been placed in more than 1,000 companies around the United States, including Microsoft, IBM, Google, AT&T, and Wells Fargo.
The master’s program was founded by Professors Keith Levi, PhD, Greg Guthrie, PhD, and Elaine Guthrie, who was then director of International Admissions. Ron Barnett joined them as placement director, and with this dynamic group the program began expanding.
During the first few years of the program, students were placed in Fairfield businesses to fulfill their off-campus internship requirements—Telegroup, Donatech, and Vital Images, among others. The companies were highly satisfied with the students’ performance, so the program was restructured and expanded nationwide.
By 2000, it was clear that this program was poised for even greater growth. It was also clear that the Computer Science department needed its own classroom and office building.
That’s when the McLaughlins stepped forward to provide for this need. They fully funded a beautiful 12,000-square-foot Maharishi Sthapatya Veda® design building as the new home of the Compro program.
“It’s a great honor and privilege to contribute to a program that is a success on every level,” Ted McLaughlin said. “We are happy with the planning, financial structure, success, and legacy of the program.”
After the McLaughlin Building opened in 2002, the program grew dramatically, quickly becoming the University’s largest, with its own recruiting, admissions, placement, finance, and distance education departments.
“We have been included every step of the way,” said Barbara McLaughlin. “We feel the success of the program is our success also. It has been a blessing in our lives and very fulfilling.”
“Virtually all our students have found good positions in recent years, and most within a couple months after their last class ends,” said Dr. Levi, chair of the department.