In February 1984, then Dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, Dr. H.H. ‘Bill’ Mitchell, and MBA Coordinator, Ms. Gina Johnson, received UA Board of Trustees approval to create the Executive MBA Program. With approval to create the program but no funds to begin, Tim and Cathy Parker and Jack Warner became the first benefactors by donating $25,000 each to establish the Executive MBA Program. Dr. Strickland, our first MBA Director, and Ms. Johnson began recruiting the first EMBA class to enroll in fall 1985.
Our story of how we began, a great idea with strong support but no funding, resonates with so many today that are asked to do more with fewer resources. We believed in what we were doing then and so did others. We found the resources and we met the challenge of creating and growing a vibrant and important graduate program. The financial support of our first benefactors continues today in the strong support shown by our students and alumni who give back by promoting what we do and showing how it has changed their lives. That drive and spirit continue today with our faculty and staff in providing a curriculum and program that is valuable, challenging to our students, and results in a life-changing and transformative experience.
Our EMBA faculty are leading experts who pay extraordinary attention to business processes and strategy. What you learn in class can be immediately put in practice. During your time in the program, you will be challenged by faculty to become active participants demonstrating return on investment to your companies through assignments, business cases, and a final international NGO consulting project. Faculty have a wealth of experience in their chosen areas. Among our faculty, you will find a great affinity for EMBA students encouraging professional growth. Drs. Strickland and Robert McLeod have taught in every TEMBA class since our inception. Many of the faculty serve on boards, are distinguished authors, consult with various government and industries as well as chair professional and academic organizations. We encourage you to attend a ‘class preview’ event to meet our faculty and current students.