UTEP Graduates First Executive MBA Class

July 15, 2011

EMBA classTen military and business leaders have become the first students to graduate from The University of Texas at El Paso's Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A.) program. The inaugural class graduated during a July 8 ceremony at the Coronado Country Club.

The program is geared toward managers and executives who want to advance their managerial skills, further their leadership effectiveness, and better understand and integrate business disciplines.

Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business Administration, told the graduates that they have made a statement about their advanced managerial and leadership talents and abilities.

“The UTEP E.M.B.A. grad successfully completed a program of advanced academic rigor with a global enterprise focus in an immersed setting with professional peers. (They are) trained and ready to accept success at all levels of business leadership,” he said.

The first E.M.B.A. cohort completed the 18-month degree program in June. The courses are specifically structured to expose experienced professionals to a dynamic graduate business curriculum in a concise and expedited timeframe.

In addition to traditional M.B.A. courses, the E.M.B.A. curriculum includes courses focused on the roles and responsibilities of CEOs and board members, corporate communications, negotiations and conflict resolution. The program consists of 48 credit hours – 39 of core M.B.A. courses and nine of specifically designed E.M.B.A. courses. E.M.B.A. classes are offered every other week, on Friday and Saturday, with two courses completed every five weeks.

“My whole philosophy is that nonprofits should be run like businesses,” explained Eli Pabon, children’s services and training administrator for the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region. He said he has applied operational strategies and used the skills he learned to evaluate the nonprofit’s leadership, management, and human resources, among other areas. “As a nonprofit, the better you can do that, the more services you can provide to the community.”

Nachtmann called the program another step in UTEP’s march to become a national research (Tier One) institution.

“The UTEP E.M.B.A. inaugural class is a resounding statement of the College of Business Administration’s expanded competitive footing on the global landscape,” he said. “It is an affirmation of the border region’s commitment to and need for advanced executive talent.”

Other members of the inaugural class were Jorge Farieta, William L. Hanson, Fernando Acosta, Gustavo Zepeda, Manuel Rodriguez, Edward Thrush, Raul Arizpe, Luis Rivera, and Leroy Candelaria.


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