From the Dean's Desk: A Message from Chris Grevesen
Since the last issue of the M.B.A.Track newsletter was published, so many exciting things have happened at the School of Graduate Studies! In August 2017, the first cohort of students to complete a graduate program in the history of Berkeley College was officially awarded the M.B.A. in Management degree. In the short time since then, we have been delighted to learn that several new Berkeley M.B.A.s have already received promotions to more senior roles in their organizations. Their stories are featured in this issue.
We also welcomed Mary Wagner, Associate Dean, to the School of Graduate Studies team. Dr. Wagner brings a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Michigan along with years of successful teaching and administrative experience to her new role. She has already proven herself to be a highly capable leader, committed to the success of our graduate students and to the continuous improvement of our learning outcomes.
Readers will remember from previous newsletters that 19 Berkeley M.B.A. students traveled to India in April 2017 to study at the Welingkar Institute of Management and to meet with senior managers of Indian and U.S. multinational companies in both Mumbai and Delhi as part of our Global Immersion Experience. We are pleased to announce that we will soon be inviting eligible graduate students to participate in the 2018 Global Immersion Experience in Cologne, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, Germany, in partnership with Fresenius University. The theme of this year’s program will be “Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”
Our M.B.A. Executive Speaker Series has also been very active lately. During the summer, Joanne Bartley, Assistant Director of Ethics, Training and Communication at Ernst & Young, shared important lessons with our M.B.A. students on the critical importance of ethical behavior and regulatory compliance in the workplace. More recently, Joe Derrico, Senior Director of Corporate Pricing Strategy at ADP, provided a fascinating overview of how a large global organization in a service industry uses marketing theory and data analysis to set prices for its products. Both Ms. Bartley and Mr. Derrico are members of the Berkeley College M.B.A. Advisory Board.
Last, but certainly not least, several of our M.B.A. faculty members have been presenting their research both at home and abroad. Vinita Ittoop, Ph.D., and Maya Reddi, Ph.D., recently joined 60 colleagues from 18 institutions of higher education to share their work at the 2017 Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. Additionally, Lloyd Soobrian, Ph.D., presented a paper in June 2017 at the 7th Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (AF2017) in Singapore.
These stories and others make this M.B.A.Track newsletter especially worthwhile reading. We look back with pride on the milestone events of 2017 and anticipate many more noteworthy accomplishments by our students, faculty and staff in the coming year.
Chris Grevesen, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Graduate Studies