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EKU Named Top University Sales Program by Sales Education Foundation

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Sales Education Foundation names Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Professional Sales in 2017 ANNUAL magazine “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” Listing

Top Sales Programs are recognized for elevating the sales profession through university education

Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Professional Sales announces their recognition by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) as a “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” program in their 2017 ANNUAL magazine. SEF recognizes our university for preparing students for successful careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession. The SEF 2017 ANNUAL magazine, their 10th edition, will be available on their website,, by the end of April.

Professional Sales/Selling is one of the most popular career destinations for students graduating with a sales degree. Recent research suggests that 60 percent of all business majors and 88 percent of all marketing majors begin their professional careers in a sales-related role. Demand for sales positions is also expected to remain strong in Kentucky. The most recent issue of The Lane Report published a listing from career website Zippia projecting an 18.5 percent growth rate over the next seven years for entry level sales positions. Further, when predicting the top twenty career opportunities in Kentucky for newly minted graduates over this same period, sales jobs accounted for 24 percent of those job opportunities, in terms of absolute numbers.

EKU's new Center for Professional Sales is being established, with a generous donation from Louis and Maribeth Berman, to provide professional sales education and training to students and professionals​ from different backgrounds, majors and industries. The EKU Center for Professional Sales arms students with both a mindset and a skillset that they can leverage as a competitive advantage in the marketplace. At the same time the Center directly answers the competitive need business community partners express for expert and eager sales talent. The Center is expected to open Fall 2017.

Sally Stevens, Executive Director of the Sales Education Foundation, noted that companies should have an increased focus on partnering with university sales programs and hiring their graduates.  In her 2017 Annual Letter from the Editor she notes, “Candidates from these (sales) programs are more prepared to align with their initial sales roles and to compete in the ever-changing global economy.”

For information on partnerships with EKU's Center for Professional Sales, contact: Dr. Lee Allison at  To learn more about the growing sales education space, contact the Sales Education Foundation at 800.776.4436 or visit

Published on April 19, 2017

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