UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Financial Times ranks custom executive programs No. 9 globally


UNC Kenan-FlaglerCustom executive education programs at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School are among the best in the world, according to a new Financial Times ranking.

The Financial Times ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 9 in the world and No. 4 in the United States for its customized leadership development and business education programs that help organizations address business challenges.

UNC Kenan-Flagler also ranked highly in many individual categories: No. 3 for value, No. 4 for both faculty and program design, No. 5 for new skills and learning and No. 6 for aims achieved.

“The new Financial Times ranking of our work in leadership development and executive education is a confirmation of our commitment to the companies with which we collaborate,” said Susan Cates, president of UNC Executive Development. “We recently celebrated 60 years of executive education at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and these rankings reflect our legacy of excellence. The Financial Times methodology focuses heavily on feedback from the clients we serve and we are honored that they have ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler among the best in the world for the value we bring to their organizations. We are privileged to work with so many great organizations to help them develop their future business leaders.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler partners with a wide variety of organizations from all over the world, said David Leonard, executive director at UNC Executive Development. “We collaborate with their business leaders to help solve business challenges and develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed. Knowing that they value our work together is extremely gratifying.”

For 60 years, UNC Kenan-Flagler has been a leader in the field of executive education. Today UNC Executive Development designs programs for Fortune 500 companies and government organizations that have a significant impact on their businesses.

UNC Executive Development - Rizzo Conference CenterFor the last 14 years its home has been the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont, which was designed specifically to serve the needs of executive programs. It includes the historic DuBose Home, which serves as an executive dining facility; McLean Hall, the residence center; and Loudermilk Hall’s state-of-the art classrooms. It is named for Paul J. Rizzo (BSBA ’50), former UNC Kenan-Flagler dean, Franklin Street Partners chairman emeritus and former IBM Corporation vice chairman of the board.

Now the Rizzo Center is expanding to accommodate the growing demand for UNC Executive Development programs, which have consistently increased the Business School’s revenues. Continued growth will allow the School to compete for the best faculty and students, expand program support and offer new, innovative learning experiences to executives.

The $37 million project is funded by a combination of debt and private donor contributions. The expansion and renovations are expected to be completed by June 2015. Fundraising initiatives are underway.