Friday, December 07, 2012
Contact: Lalena Price, University Communications, 304-746-1989

Marshall University Executive MBA students hooded in special ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seventeen professional students in Marshall University’s Executive Master of Business Administration class were honored this week during a special hooding ceremony at the Charleston Marriott.

Timothy R. Duke, president and CEO of Steel of West Virginia, Inc., delivered the keynote address. Duke has more than 39 years of progressive management experience and has been employed at Steel of West Virginia, Inc., since 1987.VThe company is a multi-plant steel manufacturer with sales of approximately $365 million and is the largest wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Dynamics Inc., which has $8 billion in sales. Duke is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and received his Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University. He serves on a number of boards, including the Marshall University College of Business.

The students were formally hooded with their academic regalia during the ceremony by Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp with assistance from College of Business Associate Dean Margie McInerney.

“This ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of our professional business students in a formal, professional setting befitting the hard work and dedication that went into earning their Executive MBA degrees,” said Dr. Uday Tate, director of the Executive MBA program. “They have studied together for more than 60 Saturdays on the South Charleston campus. We are proud of these professionals, we appreciate the sacrifices they made to advance their education and careers, and we expect great things from them.”

The cohort has successfully completed all the requirements of the Executive MBA program in 16 months including a recent international residency in Santiago, Chile. Duane Jackson, a customer service manager with AT&T in Huntington, was pleased with the recent trip to Chile.

“The Marshall University international trip was the highlight of the MBA program. The class time and visits to the Chilean companies gave me a quality insight into how business transactions are accomplished outside the U.S.,” Jackson said. “The Chilean tour was an excellent way of bringing together principles taught in the program and showing applications in the real world.”

Richard Hardy, chief financial officer at First Sentry Bank in Huntington, agreed.

“It was an exciting and informative trip that allowed us to experience and learn about international trade and business while also providing time to enjoy the culture of Chile,” Hardy said. “The trip was a lesson that will serve us well should we venture overseas for business or pleasure in the future.”

The Marshall University Executive MBA cohort, Class of 2012, includes: Jami Barker of Elkview, Kevin Chattin of Ona, Dallas Enoch of Charleston, Nathan Godby of Huntington, Richard Hardy of Huntington, Duane Jackson of Huntington, Arash Kayfan, M.D., of Chesapeake, Ohio, James Kirk of Huntington, Tara Martinez of Charleston, Dustin Noble of Huntington, Christopher Orndorff of Barboursville, William Pritt of Hurricane, Brian Rodgers of Ronceverte, Nathan Rose of Charleston, Jason Swann of Williamson, Andrew Varney of Huntington and Wesley Sears of Point Pleasant.


Photo: The Marshall University Executive MBA cohort, Class of 2012, after their hooding ceremony at the Charleston Marriott Dec. 2.

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