August 2013

Thirty-five hard-earned Master of Business Administration degrees were awarded at the third graduation ceremony for the program on August 10.

Since 2009, The Farmer School's Masters in Business Administration program has been providing individuals with the tools they need to succeed in the professional world, and it currently ranks within the top 50 part-time programs in the United States. "Our MBA ranks higher than any other program in southwest Ohio, according to U.S. News & World Report's latest graduate business school rankings," said Raymond F. Gorman, interim Dean of the Farmer School of Business, who also said that the evening classes at the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offer "working managers significant career growth opportunity." Next week, the program will welcome between thirty-five and forty new students.

Brad Bays, senior director of the program, is excited about the work ethic and strength of the students coming in to the program. This is the third year that the program celebrates an on-time graduation rate of 90 percent. "The graduation rate really speaks of the quality and engagement of these students," Bays said. "They want to graduate together, and 90 percent of them achieve that goal."

Trey Hiers, current vice president of marketing for Reynolds and Reynolds in Dayton, Ohio, echoed Bays' sentiment about the strength of the team of students that went through the whole two years together. "I was amazed at how many of us who started together, finished the program together," he said. "I believe that much of the learning and value that was gained during the classes was directly attributable to the camaraderie built within the group. I could not imagine doing this kind of program online or in isolation."

Along with the student diplomas, two faculty members were also spotlighted at the graduation ceremony: instructor Peter Johnson was recognized as the top Core faculty member, and associate professor David Shrider was acknowledged as the top Concentration faculty member.

In his address, Hiers also commended the professors of the program. "They brought real life experiences, or research or tremendous insights into the classroom along with an engaging teaching style," he said. "They provided us with real-life strategies and tactics that can be used by students in their careers. I can see why Miami gets ranked so high for teaching experience."

Marketing professor David Rosenthal was recognized for his teaching and support of the full-time and part-time MBA programs over the past ten years. "Dave's presence on the faculty roster has given us credibility when there was doubt," Bays said, "and his work in the classroom has always stretched our students to perform beyond what they thought was possible."

The keynote speaker was Mr. Don Bush, a '79 Farmer alum, who reflected on his career as a PWC partner (he is now retired) and spoke on the basics of being successful in business. "He's a key part of the partnership between Miami and PWC," Bays said. "Even in retirement he continues to be a supporter of The Farmer School."

The Farmer School of Business's MBA program is located in the VOALC in West Chester, Ohio. The program offers an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to solving critical business issues and one-on-one interaction from an elite faculty. For more information, please attend the upcoming information session on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the VOALC or go to The program is currently accepting applications.