Farmer School Graduates Second Professional MBA Class

August 2012

Farmer School conferred degrees on thirty-five MBA graduates in a ceremony held Saturday, August 4 in Taylor Auditorium.

This is the second graduating class of the Farmer School of Business MBA program which was developed specifically for working professionals. The program is held at Miami's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, easily accessible for professionals in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. Classes meet in the evenings to better accommodate work schedules. The thirty-five graduates represented 33 employers and entered the two-year program with an average of 10 years prior work experience.

"We are clearly delivering on our goal of providing the best MBA classroom experience with more than 90% of our two cohorts graduating on schedule," said Brad Bays, Senior Director of the Farmer School MBA program. "This speaks to both the quality of our students and dedication of our faculty."

"My experience in Miami's MBA program was invaluable," said 2012 graduate Jennifer Graft, President and CEO at Employers Resource Association. "Everything I learned from the faculty, coursework, and my fellow classmates was practical and real-world. Not only have I have been able to apply what I learned in my current role, but I made life-long friends and expanded my professional network."

Fellow 2012 MBA graduate John Vu, Director of Global Logistics for Belden Wire and Cable, appreciated the collaborative class environment.

"What truly sets this program apart from the other MBA programs is that it requires all the students to interact in class, and together as a team, said Vu. "This is important for an MBA program because it teaches you to network with other professionals."

Two Farmer School faculty members received teaching awards during the graduation ceremony. Bryan Ashenbaum, Associate Professor of Management, was recognized as outstanding core curriculum faculty member. Glenn Platt, C. Michael Armstrong Professor and Director of Interactive Media Studies, was recognized as outstanding elective curriculum faculty member. The award recipients were chosen by the students.

"With such an experienced student body, our faculty faces a challenging teaching environment and they have clearly proven their depth and capability with the broad-based student acclaim," said Bays.

The MBA program received national recognition this past spring when ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top part-time MBA program in SW Ohio.

"Our MBA program continues to distinguish itself," said Farmer School Dean Roger L. Jenkins, the Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership. "We salute the achievements of the 2012 graduating class and look forward to many exceptional classes going forward."

Learn more about the Farmer School MBA Program.