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MU Executive MBA students hooded in special ceremony

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Seventeen professional students in Marshall University's Executive Master of Business Administration class were honored last week during a special hooding ceremony at the Charleston Marriott.

Timothy R. Duke, president and CEO of Steel of West Virginia in Huntington delivered the keynote address. Duke has more than 39 years of progressive management experience and has been employed at Steel of West Virginia since 1987.

The students were formally hooded with their academic regalia during the ceremony by Marshall University President Stephen Kopp with assistance from College of Business Associate Dean Margie McInerney.

"This ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of our professional business students in a formal, professional setting befitting the hard work and dedication that went into earning their Executive MBA degrees," said Uday Tate, director of the Executive MBA program. "They have studied together for more than 60 Saturdays on the South Charleston campus. We are proud of these professionals, we appreciate the sacrifices they made to advance their education and careers, and we expect great things from them."

The cohort has successfully completed all the requirements of the Executive MBA program in 16 months, including a recent international residency in Santiago, Chile.

"The Marshall University international trip was the highlight of the MBA program. The class time and visits to the Chilean companies gave me a quality insight into how business transactions are accomplished outside the U.S.," said Duane Jackson, a customer service manager with AT&T in Huntington. "The Chilean tour was an excellent way of bringing together principles taught in the program and showing applications in the real world."

The Marshall University Executive MBA cohort, Class of 2012, includes: Jami Barker of Elkview; Kevin Chattin of Ona; Dallas Enoch of Charleston; Nathan Godby of Huntington; Richard Hardy of Huntington; Duane Jackson of Huntington; Arash Kayfan, M.D., of Chesapeake, Ohio; James Kirk of Huntington; Tara Martinez of Charleston; Dustin Noble of Huntington; Christopher Orndorff of Barboursville; William Pritt of Hurricane; Brian Rodgers of Ronceverte, W.Va.; Nathan Rose of Charleston; Jason Swann of Williamson; Andrew Varney of Huntington; and Wesley Sears of Point Pleasant.