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Sue Sanders, judge Carlton Sanders and Ray Wallace, chancellor at IU Southeast, pose with the $700,000 donation the Carltons made to the university. The money will fund the Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders Professional Sales Center at the School of Business. 

NEW ALBANY — A $700,000 gift to Indiana University Southeast’s School of Business will sharpen the sales skills of students, according to a press release from the university.

Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders, the donors will carry the namesake of the new Professional Sales Center. Students majoring in business, other majors and non-degree seekers can use the center for their degrees or a certificate program.

“It’s such a privilege for us to be part of a project that positions IU Southeast as the premier provider of sales education in our region,” Carlton Sanders said in the release. “More important, we know that this center will directly benefit students who will be exceptionally well-prepared for a career in sales. We are going to see a positive impact in our business community for years to come because of this state-of-the-art facility and first-class, elite program.”

The Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders Professional Sales Center will promote sales skills in the region through state-of-the-art facilities, instruction and curricula to draw high-ability students, as well as help them find internships and other opportunities.

The center will also work with community partners for non-credit programs, like training, sales seminars and professional development to businesses and non-profits.

Ray Wallace, chancellor at IU Southeast, said the center will benefit students, the university and the region.

“The Professional Sales Center and Lab at IU Southeast will be revolutionary in preparing students with real-world skills for in-demand professional sales positions,” Wallace said. “This center will help our graduates land jobs sooner and earn more, and it will improve our region’s economy. It is precisely this kind of innovation that sets IU Southeast apart as a leader in business education and this generous gift has made it all possible.”

The Sanders, both IU Southeast School of Business alumni, have made many significant contributions to Indiana University and IU Southeast over the years. At IU Southeast, the Sanders have supported the Honors Program, the Judge Carlton E. and Sue Sanders Chair in Business and Economics and the Sanders Speaker Series endowment. They have also funded the Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders International Study Scholarship, the Sanders Trading Lab and the Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders Laboratory for Nursing Education.

“We’re so excited to help establish such a unique learning center at the IU Southeast School of Business,” Sue Sanders said. “One of the most critical challenges facing college graduates is the ability to transition and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. The Professional Sales Center will prepare students with the skills necessary to fill the jobs that are in demand right now and equip them for long-term success.”

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