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Arun Sharma Named Interim Vice Dean for Graduate Business Programs

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Arun Sharma

 The School of Business Administration has named Arun Sharma, a professor of marketing, as interim vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education. Sharma, whose appointment is effective August 1, fills the position vacated when Anuj Mehrotra stepped down from that post to serve as interim dean of the business school July 1.

As interim vice dean, Sharma will oversee the School’s MBA and other master’s degree programs, custom and open enrollment executive education programs, and graduate student career services.

“Arun’s talent and extensive experience, deep knowledge of business education and dedication to the success of the School of Business Administration, make him the ideal person to serve in this key leadership position,” said Mehrotra, who is serving as the School’s interim dean while the University conducts a global search for a permanent dean.

“I am delighted to lead our graduate business and executive education programs, which have seen significant growth and recognition in recent years,” said Sharma. “I look forward to working with the School’s leadership team, our professional staff and our friends in the community to build upon these successes.”

Sharma, who joined the School of Business in 1987, has previously served as vice dean of strategic initiatives and chair of the Department of Marketing. His research, which focuses on understanding markets, marketing strategy and productivity, and firm value creation and management, has been widely published in leading academic journals. Sharma has also consulted for such companies as Accenture, American Express, Audi, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Citrix, Ericson, Exxon, Goodyear, HP, IBM, MasterCard, MoneyGram, Motorola, Siemens, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Italia Mobil, Visa International, and Western Union.

Sharma’s awards include membership in the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.



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NFL Players Prepare for Life After Football


NFL Players Prepare for Life After Football

MBA-NFLThey’ve earned millions of dollars in their 20s as professional football players, and now they have the knowledge and business skills they need to continue their professional and personal success.

That’s how graduates of the inaugural class in the school’s Miami Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program sum up their experience. More than 30 current and former NFL players graduated July 1, and some are already applying their new skills in ventures from restaurants to real estate and non-profit organizations.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap enrolled “to prepare for life after football:” to learn how to run a business, network and build a team for the business and choose what area to invest in. He now plans to start buying residential properties.

Juggling classes and sports was tough for the 6-foot, 6-inch, 280-pound Dunlap.

“There were a lot of long nights and early mornings, because I had to get work out before I came to school,” said the 27-year-old. Yet knowing that many athletes struggle and even go bankrupt after retirement, Dunlap found the effort “well worth it.”

Before the MBA program, retired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans said he sometimes felt uncertain how to handle conflicting advice from different advisers on his varied investments. But now, he feels empowered “to have an independent mind to formulate my own strategy.”

The 35-year-old plans to expand his real-estate holdings beyond Wisconsin and Florida into Ohio. With tools he’s learned to measure risk, Evans also feels better equipped to analyze his stock portfolio and “decide whether I want to bring in another investment or not.”

The new program offered participants more than business knowledge too. For many retired athletes, it was a chance to bond with like-minded people.

“Like their work on the field, this MBA program is intense, demanding a significant investment of time and energy on the part of each participant,” said Anuj Mehrotra, interim dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration. “We couldn’t be more proud of the members of this first class and the hard work they put in to it.”

Women in the program bonded too, even as they were welcomed by the men, said Xia Chekwa, 28, who graduated with her husband Chimdi Chekwa, 27, a Miami Dolphins cornerback. “There were a lot of moments we [women] just laughed at how silly they were,” said Chekwa, one of two player wives in the program.

“You definitely know you are in a room full of guys,” she added. “The conversations are different.”

So, what were some key takeaways for the graduates?

Dunlap said he’ll calibrate future investments based on this valuable lesson: “You have to spend money to make money. You make money with more risk, but you don’t want too much risk. So, you have to have a balanced portfolio.”

Chekwa plans to apply a broad view of leadership in ventures with her husband that already include a non-profit for underserved children, a barbecue restaurant set to launch in Ohio and a music-based app now in development.

“It’s less about being recognized for what you do than encouraging and empowering the people you work with – to equip the team, grow skills, inspire them and challenge them,” said Chekwa, who also holds a master’s degree in mass communications.

And what tips would graduates give people considering the program?

“Just do it,” said Evans. “This is one of those things you can talk yourself out of easily and make a lot of excuses why you can’t do it. But coming here, it’s worth it.”

View the class’s photo gallery on Facebook.


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Anuj Mehrotra Named Interim Business Dean


Anuj Mehrotra Named Interim Business Dean

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Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – Anuj Mehrotra, professor of management science and vice dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named interim dean of the school following the departure of Eugene W. Anderson, who stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer.

In making the announcement, UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc noted Mehrotra’s commitment to excellence and credited him with growing the school’s graduate student enrollment.

“During Anuj’s tenure as vice dean, the school has diversified its portfolio of graduate programs with innovative experiential courses that include international immersion and consulting experiences for participants. These programs have helped to grow graduate student enrollment by 70 percent in the last five years,” LeBlanc said.

“His experience and commitment to excellence will continue to strengthen the school’s top-50 ranking among M.B.A. programs and ensure continuity in addressing the needs of our students and graduates,” LeBlanc added.

Mehrotra will serve as interim dean starting July 1 while UM completes a global search and installs a new dean.

Mehrotra, who joined the UM faculty in 1993, is the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar, professor of management science, and has been vice dean since 2007. He oversees all aspects of M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and specialized masters programs, including recruitment, admissions, and advising. Previously, he served as the chair of the Department of Management Science.

Mehrotra’s research interests are in large-scale optimization and interdisciplinary applications. His research includes a project with the U.S. Coast Guard to optimally locate air stations to respond to distress calls and a study on determining routing and staffing decisions for distributed call centers. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During his term as interim dean, Mehrotra said he is confident that the school will continue to innovate by anticipating and adapting to the shifting needs of students and the business community and helping to move current initiatives forward while the search for the new dean continues.

“I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, professional staff, alumni, and other supporters to strengthen and build on the status and recognition the school’s degree and non-degree programs have earned locally and internationally,” he said.

The School of Business Administration’s degree and non-degree programs have been recognized in various rankings, including being named among the top U.S. programs for Latin Americans by America Economía and top 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Economist.    


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M.B.A. Program Ranked among Top 10 for Latin Americans


M.B.A. Program Ranked among Top 10 for Latin Americans

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-north-south-america-photograph-showing-continent-northern-southern-bright-dots-yellow-light-abstract-geography-image33101583CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2016) — The School of Business Administration’s Full-Time MBA program has been ranked No. 7 among U.S. M.B.A. programs for Latin Americans by the leading Latin American business magazine América Economía. The rankings, published in the May/June issue of the magazine, also placed the School’s M.B.A. program at No. 22 in the world.

The América Economía M.B.A. rankings are based on the multicultural experience and diversity of the students, faculty, and the program; the potential for students to network in Latin America; the quality of the students; admissions selectivity; and the international recognition the program receives.

The M.B.A. class of 2016 was 32 percent international, representing Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, and Venezuela. The school’s faculty come from nearly 40 countries.

The school also offers two Executive M.B.A. programs, one in English and the other in Spanish, designed for executives working in or with Latin America: The Miami Executive MBA for the Americas and the Global Executive MBA in Spanish.


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Apply Now for Miami Professional MBA Program Beginning July 14

There is still time to apply for the School of Business Administration’s Miami Professional MBA program starting July 14. The program’s part-time schedule enables you to earn your MBA degree without interrupting your career. For more information contact Brigitte Panciera at 305-284-9524 or bpanciera@bus.miami.edu.

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