Prominent CEOs Share Wisdom With First Executive MBA Class

January 13, 2010

Jack Caldwell Jack Caldwell addresses students in the Graduate Business Center in the Chase Building in Downtown.

El Paso’s business leadership helped students enrolled in The University of Texas at El Paso’s new Executive Master of Business Administration program kick off their first weekend of classes on Friday, Jan. 8.

Current or former board members of public companies, including Rick Francis (Western Refining), Woody Hunt (PNM Resources), and Jack Cardwell (El Paso Electric) and CEOs Kirk Robison (Pizza Properties), Jerry Rubin (Helen of Troy), Bob Snow (Chase Bank), and Russ Vandenberg (TVO International) engaged the future executives in a panel discussion and shared their unique perspectives as business leaders.

Panelists discussed the differences in managing at the senior level compared to mid-management, the biggest challenges in being a successful CEO, and the current ethical crisis in corporate America, as well as answering questions from the students.

The new Executive MBA is an 18-month program designed for candidates with at least eight years of managerial experience who are looking to enhance their understanding and ability to integrate the business disciplines, advance their managerial skills and further their leadership effectiveness. Courses take place every other Friday and Saturday. The program includes an International Research Course with a weeklong international field study.

The first course, called “The CEO’s Perspective,” introduced the students to the business issues confronting senior executives, beginning with the talent-packed panel discussions.

“The goal for the class is to help the students understand the differences between the problems and skill sets involved in lower and mid-management compared to leadership at the senior level,” said Gary Hedrick, adjunct professor of corporate enterprise.


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