Business Schools

Expanding programs Business schools also are expanding

degree programs. The University of Virginia’s

Darden School of Business has added a Washington, D.C.-area location for its Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs. Its home is on the 25th floor of the Waterview Tower in Rosslyn, overlooking the Potomac River and the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. “It’s probably got the best view

in Washington,” says Ronald T. Wil- cox, senior associate dean for degree programs. “It probably makes our Charlottes ville students jealous.” Brett Twitty, director of admissions

for executive formats, says, “This August we enrolled 120 executive format stu- dents, up from 92 in the previous year, 61 of whom selected our Washington, D.C.-area location. It is clear that offer- ing two world-class locations — Char- lottesville and the Washington, D.C. area — and two executive formats of the Darden MBA … adds an attractive option to working professionals seeking a world-class executive MBA experience.

Giancarla Rojas Mendoza Radford University ’16 Major: Economics and Finance

The recruitment process for our Class of 2019 is underway, and, while it is still early, we are very excited by the strong interest we have seen from prospective students in the D.C. metro area as well as throughout the country and world.” Meanwhile George Mason Uni-

versity’s School of Business is building on Northern Virginia’s prominence as a mecca for federal contractors by rais- ing $1 million toward its new GovCon initiative, which is focused on preparing students to work in government con- tracting. GMU has hired John Hillen, former president and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions, to chair the initiative. “We will be the first


[business school] in the nation to take a look at this industry as a vertical. … It’s never been seen as an independent sector of its own,” says GMU School of Business Dean

Sarah E. Nutter. “It’s a fascinating indus- try that has this intersection of business policy and regulatory issues. The biggest players are all in and around this area …

and we should be the school that’s taking the lead.” In addition to building a new home

for its business school, Liberty Uni- versity is developing a new automotive dealership management curriculum in partnership with Charlotte, N.C.-based Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation’s largest privately held car dealer- ship group. Hicks, the school’s dean, notes only two other colleges in the nation offer similar programs, despite the fact that the United States has the second-largest auto industry in the world. The U.S. has about 118,000 deal- erships, employing a variety of workers in positions ranging from administration and sales to back-office financial workers, information technology to mechanics. The new curriculum also will

address topics such as how dealerships can successfully adapt to a rapidly chang- ing marketplace, which now includes driverless cars as well as on-demand transportation services such as Uber. Discussing the changes coming to the

bustling school, Hicks remarks, “We’re constantly moving. It’s nonstop.”


Giancarla Rojas Mendoza’s parents journeyed to the United States to find a better future for their children. The first in her family to go to college, Giancarla gained hands-on experience as a senior investment analyst for Radford University’s Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization. She credits Radford University for the necessary preparation it gave her to attend graduate school and pursue a career in finance. “The mentors, faculty and advisors at Radford have really prepared me with the tools I need to succeed in the business world.”

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