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Great Moments in NAC History By Lena Harper The National Advisory Council (NAC) is commemorating fifty golden years of helping the BYU Marriott School of Management shine. During this time, NAC members have provided wise vision for the school, generously funded programs, selflessly mentored students, and even made personal sacrifices to keep the school from closing its doors. To join in the jubilee, we've compiled this tribute of fifty facts, stories, and memories of the contributions NAC members have made to place the Marriott School at the top and extend the influence of BYU worldwide. 1. The Greatest Legacy "I think the greatest legacy of the NAC is the thousands of men and women who have graduated from the Marriott School over the last fifty years and have been influenced in many different ways by the NAC. . . . [It] is the example that we [are] able to set for the students—to be in the world but not too much of the world—and to [help them] realize that what they've learned at BYU and in church is very important to their understanding of how to be successful in business." —Gary S. Baughman, NAC chair 2007–09 2. In the Beginning In March 1966, Weldon J. Taylor, first dean (1957–74) of the BYU College of Business, placed in the mail thirty-five invitations to serve on the proposed National Advisory Council. Those invited, according to Taylor, "understood the importance of value-centered qualities, insight, [and] integrity." He received thirty-five affirmative replies, including one from J. Willard Marriott, who would later become the school's namesake. The college hoped the council would develop a prestige for the school that would influ- ence other business schools and help draw respected faculty mem- bers to BYU. Weldon J. Taylor

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