WASHINGTON, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IU-UNC LogMBA (www.IU-UNClogMBA.org) program recognized its tenth class of graduates on March 24, 2016 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. General Dan Allyn, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, delivered the commencement address for the ceremony, underscoring the importance of decisive leadership in a complex world.
"Creative, humble and decisive leadership is more essential than ever before in this unstable world. Challenges facing our businesses, our government, and our military remain complex, require more innovative and comprehensive solutions, and urgently demand the very best from leaders of character. Now, more than ever, we need leaders with the skills you have developed through this program… the ability to understand and relate to those from diverse backgrounds… the quantitative skills to sift through mounds of data and drive to the core of complicated issues… and the vision to build and implement enduring strategic solutions to global challenges."
The graduates earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (IU) and a Certificate in either Global Supply Chain Leadership or Global Strategic Management and Leadership from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB - www.IDB.org) manages the program.
"Based on my interactions with the graduates over the past two years, completion of the MBA program will be just one of many ways this group will make their mark," said MG James L. Hodge, USA (Retired), President of the IDB. "The same passion, determination, and hard work applied toward this achievement will surely resurface ultimately resulting in impactful achievements not only in their industry but also possibly the world."
The IU-UNC LogMBA 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 sessions in Chapel Hill, NC, a one-week session at Bloomington, IN, as well as a ten-day study residency throughout Asia.
During the program's final capstone course, students demonstrated the application of their business acumen skills to real world issues by helping to improve business operations at Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, UPS, and Stop Hunger Now.
The graduating 2016 IU-UNC LogMBA class included:
- CDR Lamont S. Bazemore, U.S. Coast Guard
- Mr. Daniel W. Boyle, LMI
- Mr. Mark E. Clemmons, U.S. Marine Corps
- Ms. Jodi L. D'Agostino, Institute for Defense and Business
- MAJ Bradley D. Denisar, U.S. Army
- CPT Ashley B. Hahn, U.S. Army
- Ms. Nicole A. Mounts, Alcoa Energy Systems
- MAJ Timothy J. Owens, U.S. Army
- Dr. Timothy W. Puetz, National Institutes of Health
- Mr. Steve G. Turner, ADP TotalSource
Two students received special recognition during the graduation ceremony:
- For demonstrated leadership during his MBA studies, Mr. Daniel Boyle received the E.B. Leedy Award, named in honor of the late Major General Leedy, U.S. Army (Ret), a key member of the team that founded the IDB's Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH).
- For demonstrated and future potential for contribution to the field of defense logistics, MAJ Timothy Owens received the William T. Powell Jr. Scholarship award, named in honor of the late founder and first president of the IDB. The scholarship, provided by IU and the IDB, is for continued master-level studies resulting in a Master of Science dual degree.
About the Institute for Defense and Business
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 and degree-granting education programs for all career levels from the military and government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international organizations. IDB features curriculum in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction. www.IDB.org
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