Global Leaders Graduate from USD School of Business Administration

A new class of global business leaders will graduate from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration this Friday, July 27. Seventeen graduates, many on active duty in the Navy or working for top corporations like Qualcomm Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton and Sony Corp., will receive master’s degrees in global leadership. The ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. in USD’s Manchester Executive Conference Center Auditorium.

Eleven of the 12 military officers in the program have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Pilot and Navy Lt. Ken Colman also flew for several days in a row delivering food and supplies after the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia.

Another graduate, Tramerica Le, a native of Vietnam, works at Qualcomm and served on a delegation to help build business ties between the United States and Vietnam. She recently became a U.S. citizen. The current class has 10 women, the highest number of female graduates in the program’s history.

“This is an outstanding class of graduates,” said program director Robert Schoultz. “Many of them have already accomplished great things and with a greater understanding of the global business environment as well as the new business skills they have learned in this program, I know they will go on to serve our nation and the business community with honor and distinction.”

The 16-month Master of Science in Global Leadership program focuses on leadership and ethics, the global political environment and best business practices. “We also place a high priority on cultural understanding and the role it plays in successful leadership across international and cultural boundaries,” Schoultz said.

The program combines traditional classroom instruction with the latest in online learning techniques to provide a cutting-edge global business leadership education. Students from outside the San Diego area who are unable to attend the monthly classes may complete all courses between the first and last weeks via distance and online learning means.

Jaime Alonso Gómez, founding dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) at the Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC), Monterrey, Mexico and currently national Dean of the EGADEs across the Tecnológico de Monterrey System, will be the graduation speaker. TEC is USD’s partner for its dual-degree degree master’s program in international business and student and faculty exchanges.

Since 1999 more than 300 students have graduated from the MSGL program. Many of the private sector students receive generous scholarship from their employers, while the U.S. Navy has recognized this program within its Graduate Education Voucher program, providing scholarships for a number of Navy Officers every year to participate.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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