Nannon Roosa joins Eller MBA Programs as director of experiential learning
Role includes oversight of MBA corporate consulting projects and career coaching.
TUCSON, Ariz. – February 3, 2010 – The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona announced today the appointment of Nannon Roosa as director of experiential learning for its MBA programs. In that role, she will oversee the MBA “field projects,” in which teams of students take on semester-long consulting contracts with corporations and nonprofit organizations throughout the region.
Roosa is licensed as a CPA, Certified Financial Planner, and recently earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation from the MGMA, or Medical Group Management Association. She joins Eller from Clifton Gunderson, LLP, where she served as senior manager since 2005. In that role, and in previous roles with KPMG in San Antonio, Roosa managed clients in addition to business development and project management, and coached junior members of the firms.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with young professionals to help them develop their consulting skills,” she says. “What if a client doesn’t provide information on time? What if their expectations of the project scope are unrealistic? Client and project management aren’t usually part of a traditional curriculum, but they are necessary to augment a professional’s technical expertise.”
The Full-Time Eller MBA program has been offering experiential learning opportunities through field projects for about 15 years. First-year MBAs are assigned to the projects, which they complete over the spring semester. In addition to working with a faculty advisor, the students receive classroom instruction on building consulting skills from Roosa. In the fall, the students have the option to boost their resumes further through advanced field projects.
Corporate clients this semester include Raytheon Missile Systems, Microsoft, Northwest Medical Center, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, GLHN Architects and Engineers, and the City of Tucson. Read more about Eller MBA consulting projects in eller buzz.“In addition to my 25 years of client management and consulting experience, it is really nice that I can also contribute industry knowledge to the medical, financial planning, and commercial real estate projects,” Roosa says. “I really enjoy working with the students as they learn about these industries.”
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 #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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