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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

55 students begin Eller Executive MBA in Phoenix

Quality and experience characterize inaugural class as it embarks on rigorous 14-month program

TUCSON, Ariz. – September 13, 2006 – Eller College of Management’s Executive MBA (EMBA) is off and running with its inaugural Phoenix, Ariz. class. The new program’s unique curriculum and aggressive 14-month duration has proven its broad appeal to mid-career adults in the Southwestern U.S., drawing 55 students.

The first Eller EMBA Phoenix class began on August 26 with a rigorous week-long module in Tucson focusing on leadership and negotiation. For the remainder of the 14-month program students will attend class every other weekend at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Marriott at McDowell Mountains. Students will travel to Scottsdale from neighboring regional locations such as California, Nevada, and Texas.

“For the business professional, having an MBA has almost become a price of entry in today’s competitive work environment,” commented Eller EMBA student Rudy Blanco, director of finance and accounting, Camelback Inn, Marriott International, Inc. “In looking at the vast offerings in the marketplace, Eller’s EMBA program clearly provides the academic rigor one would expect from a top-notch business program, yet offers it within a creative, flexible, and convenient 14-month timeframe,” he added.

Brent Chrite, director of the MBA program, is delighted with the quality of the class. “We could not be more pleased with the reception of this new program,” he stated. “The Phoenix marketplace is competitive and dynamic and there are already a number of great MBA options in the Valley. It was essential that we enter this market with a product that was competitively positioned and differentiated in its structure, content, and approach to executive graduate management education. A lot of time and energy was invested to provide a number of spring information sessions and it has paid off. This allowed us to be very selective and fill the class quickly.”

The students in this first Phoenix class bring significant business savvy, averaging 14.5 years of work experience. The composition of the class is largely from the corporate sector, but there are students from government, non-profit, and entrepreneurial realms, as well. Enterprises represented include Pitney Bowes, Pizza Hut, Inc., Compass Bank, Intel Corporation, Salt River Project, Navajo Nation, Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, and Free Arts of Arizona.

EMBA student Lee Woodward, vice president of human resources for Honeywell International, Inc., was enthusiastic about the intensity of the coursework and the interactive environment during the first week of class. “I walked away from the first week completely energized and it validated my decision to attend the Eller EMBA program.” She added, “The learning is not just curriculum-based. The class is filled with successful business executives from various industries who openly share their knowledge. Combine great professors, a well-rounded curriculum, and the network of professionals, and I expect to see increased opportunity for the future. “

In August 2007, the Eller College of Management will offer its EMBA program in Phoenix and also in Tucson. For more information about the Eller EMBA, and other Executive Education programs, contact Eller MBA at 520-621-4008, 1-888-EllerEMBA, or visit the website at

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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