DEAR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, & STUDENTS,
In today's higher education climate, it would be easy to be a follower—to blend in on common issues, common events, common programs and common news. However, B&E is anything but common, which is why we have taken the paths we have traveled over the past nearly four years. This month's E-News is evidence of that.
Take, for instance, Dr. Brad Humphreys, an expert in two seemingly unconnected yet uncommonly connected fields—sports and economics. The connection between sports and its economic ripple effect is undeniable in today's world, and Dr. Humphreys is right here at B&E.
Or B&E alumna Amy Spunich, who started her career as a social worker and, after graduating from B&E's Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MSIR) program, is now a senior vice president for Bank of America. Uncommon achievement.
In March, B&E was recognized with favorable rankings that validate our efforts to raise the College to a different level of excellence. B&E's full-time MBA program was ranked #92 in the country by U.S. News & World Report in the 2015 Best Graduate Schools guide this month. This marks the first time our program has been ranked in the top 100, and places us #49 among public universities. Our movement began in the 2012 list where we were ranked #124; #121 in 2013; #104 in 2014; and #92 in 2015. Not only did we improve by 12 spots over last year, but we have improved by 32 spots over the past four years. Uncommon.
We were also ranked #12 in the nation this month by Military Times in its "Best for Vets: Business Schools" list. More than 140 colleges and universities were considered in the list, and this marks the third consecutive year we have been listed in the top 20: #18 in 2012, #12 in 2013 and #12 again in 2014. An uncommon commitment to veterans, service members and dependents of veterans.
Much like our new Master of Science in Finance–Energy program, there is nothing common about what we do. I encourage you to read about our uncommon characteristics in this newsletter. They all are evidence of our path to "Better. Bigger. Ranked."
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean