The IU-UNC LogMBA Program Announces 2013 Graduates

Dec 20, 2013, 09:43 ET from Institute for Defense and Business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IU-UNC LogMBA program recognized its eighth class of graduates on December 19, 2013 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. Mr. Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered the commencement address for the ceremony.



"America cannot remain the economic and military powerhouse of the world—and a force for stability and peace—unless government, military, and business work closely together. Through partnerships and programs like the IU-UNC LogMBA, the Institute for Defense and Business has helped forge closer ties between the military and the private and public sectors and create a group of individuals who are uniquely qualified to serve our nation," said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "I congratulate each of the MBA graduates on this accomplishment. Earning this MBA will not only open up new opportunities for leadership and advancement in their careers, but enable the graduates to play a role in improving our government and stabilizing our world."

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) works in partnership with two top-20 business schools. The graduates earned a Master in Business Administration from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a Certificate in Global Supply Chain Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

"This degree program creates MBA graduates who are innovative, strategic and critical thinkers and influencers in their organizations, bringing greater value to those they work with and for," said Mark C. Cramer, IDB President.

The IU-UNC LogMBA (originally developed as the LOGTECH MBA) is a two-year degree program in which students work together to master the global business knowledge and leadership skills needed to be successful in today's complex, globally responsive organizations. Approximately 80 percent of the academic work is accomplished online punctuated by four custom-designed residency sessions. This class attended two one-week residencies in Chapel Hill, NC, spent a week studying in Bloomington, IN, and traveled throughout Asia for a ten-day multi-country residency.

During the program's final capstone course, students demonstrated their business acumen, applying what they'd learned to real world issues and improving business operations, at DLA Distribution Susquehanna and U.S. Army Materiel Command's Corpus Christi and Crane Depots.

The graduating 2013 IU-UNC LogMBA class included:

  • Mr. Daniel Boelsche, DHS
  • Capt Kathryn Damron, USAF
  • Mrs. Jenna Frey, Northrop Grumman
  • LCDR Peter Harrington, USN
  • Mr. Kerry McCarthy, LMI
  • Ms. April McGill, Institute for Defense and Business
  • CPT Travis Peck, USA
  • Mr. Daniel Robers, USA
  • Mr. Paul Roden, Fairbanks Morse Engines, Inc.

Two students received special recognition during the graduation ceremony:

  • For demonstrated leadership during her MBA studies, Mrs. Jenna Frey, Northrop Grumman, received the E.B. Leedy Award, named in honor of the late Major General Leedy, USA (Ret.), a key member of the team that founded LOGTECH.
  • For demonstrated and future potential to contribute to the field of defense logistics, Mr. Kerry McCarthy, LMI, received the William T. Powell, Jr. Scholarship award named in honor of the late founder and first president of the Institute for Defense and Business. The scholarship provided by Indiana University and the IDB is a continuation onto a dual master's degree at IU's Kelley School of Business, resulting in a Master in Global Supply Chain Management.

About the IDB

The IDB is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The institute provides custom executive education programs in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, stabilization and economic reconstruction, and the IU-UNC LogMBA program.

For more information on the IU-UNC LogMBA please contact Jodi D'Agostino, Program Manager, at 919-969-8008.

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SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business