The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School graduated 98 professionals from its Evening and Weekend MBA for Executives Programs on Sept.15, 2012.
UNC Kenan-Flagler offers the region's only top-ranked executive MBA program that provides working professionals the option to earn an MBA by attending classes on week nights or weekends.
“Our new graduates reflect the high standards of UNC Kenan-Flagler,” said Atul Nerkar, associate dean of Evening and Weekend MBA Programs and a strategy and entrepreneurship professor at UNC Kean-Flagler. “These talented individuals have demonstrated through the rigorous work in our program that they can influence their work environment in positive ways. Our graduates are business leaders who are creating and will continue to create value for the organizations that employ them and for society in general."
Upon entering the programs, the classes averaged more than 10 years’ work experience at organizations such as Bank of America, Biogen Idec, Cisco, Credit Suisse, IBM, Quintiles and Red Hat. They traveled from 12 counties across North Carolina, as well as Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico to study in Chapel Hill.
“Our graduates can expect a high return on their investment,” said Nerkar. “According to a 2012 survey of UNC Kenan-Flagler EMBA alumni, 80 percent received a promotion as a result of the program, and, 66 percent increased their strategic responsibilities.”
Jim Whitehurst, president and chief executive Officer of Red Hat, addressed the graduates. Class speakers were John Flagg, enterprise sales manager at Microsoft in Durham, N.C., and Kern Taylor, senior enterprise architect for Cisco in Charlotte, N.C.
Graduates presented the teaching excellence award to Adam Reed, Julian Price Scholar and associate professor of finance, and Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship.
For more information about Evening and Weekend MBA for Executives Programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler, visit www.emba.unc.edu.