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Jun 20, 2017


Chapman bestows honorary degree on mother of quadriplegic grad. As reported on ABC News online, Judy O’Connor, the mother of Chapman University MBA graduate Marty O’Connor, a former competitive athlete who was working in sales before an accident that left him paralyzed, received an honorary degree from the university at her son’s graduation. Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, relocated from Florida to California in 2013 to care for her son. After spending nearly two years focused on his physical recovery, Marty O’Connor enrolled in the MBA degree at Chapman University with his mother by his side, attending classes, tutoring sessions, and group study sessions over the course of the two-year MBA program.

HBS alumni join Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Harvard University has elected Harvard Business School graduate Carla Harris (MBA 1987), vice chair of Global Wealth Management and managing director of Morgan Stanley, to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. In addition, Dr. Sachin H. Jain (MBA 2007), president and CEO of CareMore Health System, and Ronald P. Mitchell (MBA 1997), CEO of Virgil Inc., were elected to the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Overseers are elected by Harvard degree holders and serve a six-year term.

Brescia University receives gift to establish Charles Albert Reid School of Business. Brescia University of Owensboro, Kentucky, has received a US$1 million gift to establish the Charles Albert Reid School of Business. The gift is from the family of the late Charles Albert Reid, founder of Independence Bank and a graduate of Brescia. The school will reside in the University’s new academic center for professional studies, which will break ground in early 2018. The center for professional studies, currently being called the Signature Building, will also house the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work, which recently received a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, as well as, the School of Education and The William Thompson Center for Business Graduate Studies.

Southern Arkansas names new business school dean. Southern Arkansas University has tapped Dr. Robin Sronce to serve as Dean of the David F. Rankin College of Business, effective July 5, 2017. Sronce is currently Dean of the Breech School of Business and Associate Professor of Management at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Sronce replaces Dr. Lisa Toms, who has accepted the position of Dean at Arkansas Tech. Sronce received her doctor of philosophy degree in business administration in 2003 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she also earned her MBA in 1997. She received her BA at Drury, majoring in business administration and sociology and minoring in economics.