Marshall University Executive MBA students hooded in special ceremony


Seventeen professional students in Marshall University’s Executive Master of Business Administration class were honored last 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.  He serves on a number of boards, including the Marshall University College of Business’ advisory board.

The students were formally hooded with their academic regalia during the ceremony by President Stephen J. Kopp with assistance from Dr. Margie McInerney, interim associate dean of the College of Business.

“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 successfully completed all the requirements of the Executive MBA program in 16 months including a recent international residency in Santiago, Chile.

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Photo: Pictured is the Executive MBA cohort, Class of 2012, with  President Stephen J. Kopp (farthest left).