Continuing Education in Florida
MBA Sports Focus
In August 2012, USF launched a two-year MBA in sport and entertainment management. Starting late this year, students with significant work experience will have the option of taking the program online only. The Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team has been a key partner in funding, structuring and supporting the program, and has provided paid fellowships within its organization and other opportunities in the community for graduate students.
The University of Tampa introduced iPads as a learning tool in its executive MBA program last fall. Students can use the tablets for eBooks, taking notes and staying connected to classmates and professors.
The Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida ranked 20th among U.S. public business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “2012 Best U.S. Business Schools” rankings. UF’s MBA program also ranked No. 1 among “Best Administered Programs” in the country in the Princeton Review’s best business schools issue.
Florida International University’s College of Business will launch an online version of its health care MBA program this fall. Students will have the opportunity to meet and network at three conferences during the course of the 18-month program. They will also receive personal development coaching throughout the program.
» Moez Limayem became dean of the University of South Florida College of Business last year. Limayem is a global scholar and researcher on information systems and an emerging voice on the power of knowledge management and social media to shape world events. Limayem had most recently been associate dean for research and graduate programs at the University of Arkansas’ business school and previously had worked as a professor and director of the information systems graduate programs at Lausanne University in Switzerland. Tunisian-born Limayem has more than 17 years of experience in higher education and executive training and succeeded Robert Forsythe, who had been dean since 2006.
» Thomas Schwarz has been named dean of Stetson University School of Business Administration in DeLand. Schwarz had held an endowed professorship in family business at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business Administration since 2009. Before that he was director of the Family Owned Business Institute and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Grand Valley State University. Greg McCann has been named director of Stetson University executive MBA program. McCann, a Stetson alumnus, is a CPA and member of the Florida Bar. Assistant Professor Christopher Tobler is heading a committee to redesign Stetson’s MBA program to include specializations. Students can earn their MBA and a law degree at the same time at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, while the MBA can be completed at either Stetson’s DeLand or Celebration campuses.