New Leadership Announced for Executive Programs at the Coles College of Business at KSU

The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University is announcing new leadership for its…

Georgia (Jan 13, 2006) — New Leadership Announced for Executive Programs at the Coles College of Business at KSU

Terri Thornton


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The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University is announcing new leadership for its degree and certificate−based offerings designed specifically for experienced business professionals and executives. The cornerstone of the current Executive Programs offerings is the award−winning Executive MBA Program‚ the only one of its kind in the area providing a full−time Coles College faculty department dedicated to the Program‚ specialized team−based curricula incorporating leadership and inter−personal skill development and personal coaching‚ and an integrated international residency in collaboration with a Europe−based business school partner.

Effective January 1:

Entrepreneur and business veteran Mike Salvador‚ Ph.D.‚ became Acting Chair of the Department of Leadership & Professional Development‚ the core faculty dedicated full−time to Coles College Executive Programs. Salvador has overall responsibilities for program development and delivery‚ as well as the development and growth of future Executive Program offerings at the Coles College.

Executive−in−Residence Larry Bell and former AT&T executive became the Acting Managing Director of the Coles College Executive Programs. In this role‚ Bell manages all marketing functions‚ relationships with corporate sponsors and student prospects‚ and ongoing alumni programs. He will also continue to serve on the Coles College Executive Programs Advisory Board‚ as well as the Coles College Advisory Board.

Mandy Brooks has been promoted to Director of Marketing and Admissions for the Coles College Executive Programs. Brooks was previously Associate Director of Executive Programs. She earned her MBA from the Coles College‚ and has nine years experience in marketing environments ranging from professional selling and consumer research to special events planning and strategic marketing.

Salvador’s distinguished career includes serving as Co−Managing Partner and COO for Tatum CIO Partners‚ LLP; President and CEO of The Atlanta Consulting Group‚ Inc.; and Vice President of Dun & Bradstreet Software Services. He also has been a partner with Grant Thornton LLP and Ernst & Young LLP. He has taught management at the Coles College while also serving as the Global Product Manager and Managing Director of Drake Beam Morin’s International Center for Executive Options. While his new responsibilities include managing the faculty members who are dedicated to the delivery of Executive Programs‚ his responsibilities include expanding the university’s executive education outreach in conjunction with Larry Bell.

“Mike Salvador exemplifies leadership‚” Mescon says. “His goals reflect the Coles College’s mission to better serve our business community constituents by offering‚ in addition to our exceptional Executive MBA Programs‚ a wide range of value−driven educational offerings‚ leveraging the proven competencies of the Coles College to exceed the quality of alternative providers‚” Mescon adds.

Salvador replaces Deborah Roebuck‚ Ph.D. who assumes the post of Executive Director of KSU’s RTM Institute of Leadership‚ Ethics‚ and Character. She is expected to remain involved with the Department of Leadership & Professional Development on a limited basis‚ and remain as a member of the Executive Programs Advisory Board.

Bell came to the Coles College as a Visiting Professor with the Executive MBA Program in 2000‚ after a distinguished 29 year career with AT&T‚ where his positions included Vice President−Global Services for the southeastern U.S.‚ and Vice President for Federal Government Solutions. While at KSU‚ he took the lead in customizing and delivering the Telecommunications Residency portions of the curriculum for the BellSouth / Cingular In−House MBA (CIMBA) program‚ and was appointed Executive−in−Residence last year.

“Larry has done an incredible job in his time with us‚ and we know that expanding his duties will add even more value to our already internationally−recognized executive programs‚” said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon.

Bell has assumed many of the Executive Programs duties previously performed by Senior Associate Dean Rodney Alsup‚ DBA‚ who has announced that he will retire at the end of 2006. “Rodney will remain a valued member of the team‚” Mescon said. Following his retirement‚ Dr. Alsup has agreed to continue to serve as a member of the Executive Programs Advisory Board.

Brooks‚ previously Associate Director of Executive Programs‚ now expands her duties to marketing and admissions. “Mandy has done a superb job in redirecting our brand positioning and advertising efforts and has been a key player in recruiting and matriculating associates into our Executive MBA programs‚” Mescon says.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



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