2017 Presenters

2017 Annual Curricular Innovation Symposium

A Market-Driven Approach
to Designing a Responsive MBA Curriculum

Symposium Speakers & Panelists:

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Joe Fox - President, MBA Roundtable
Joe Fox served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis from December of 1998 through July of 2017. In this role, he had comprehensive management responsibility for the full-time MBA program, the evening Professional MBA (PMBA) program as well as specialized masters programs. Previously, Fox had been at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he had served as Assistant Dean and MBA Program Director for nearly 18 years. He has a long-standing association with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he served for 5 years on the board of trustees and was the chairman of that board. He currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the GMAC Board. Fox was also a long-standing member and of the Board of Trustees and the Corporate Vice-president and Treasurer for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM). In 2010, he was elected to the board of the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) and in 2014 was elected President of that organization – a position he still holds today. He was also a member of the Forté School Advisory Council. Fox also sits on several other local and national education related not-for-profit boards.  Fox has recently established his own consulting firm (Joseph Fox Consulting Services, LLC) to provide strategic and tactical assistance to the graduate business education community. He resides in Mequon, Wisconsin.  Fox received his BSBA degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and his MBA from Marquette.

Jeff Bieganek  - Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
Prior to joining the MBA Roundtable, Jeff was the Director of the Omnium Global Executive MBA Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  As Director of Omnium, Jeff oversaw all operations of the program that delivered learning modules in Canada, India, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, UAE and Argentina. Jeff joined the Omnium program after 10 years at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where he served as Director of MBA Admissions and was responsible for recruiting and admitting students into the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs which had grown to over 2,000 enrolled students.  Jeff was active in the management of Carlson’s Executive MBA International Residency program, which traveled to China, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Hungary and Austria.  Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Executive MBA Council, as well has been active with the Graduate Management Admissions Council.  Previous career adventures have included managing a vocal academy, fundraising and marketing for an international dance festival and managing productions for a Broadway producer.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Management.
Matt Hazenbush – Research Communications Senior Manager, Graduate Management Admissions Council
Matt Hazenbush is Research Communications Senior Manager for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). He supports GMAC's commitment to advance the art and science of admissions through writing research-focused web content and reports on issues affecting graduate management education and leading presentations and workshops at industry conferences. He earned a B.A. in History and Communication from Boston College, and an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Aubrey Kent - Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Dr. Aubrey Kent serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). He holds a faculty appointment jointly in the Department of Sport and Recreation Management at STHM and the Human Resource Management department in the Fox School of Business.  He joined the Temple faculty in 2008 after serving for the previous nine years as director and graduate coordinator of the sport management program at Florida State University. Upon arriving at Temple, he was the founding director of the Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC), served from 2010-16 as STHM’s Chairperson, and served as STHM Associate Dean for the 2016-17 academic year.  Dr. Kent has supervised 15 completed doctoral dissertations in sport management, including four NASSM research award winners. He teaches courses in management, strategy, and current issues in sport, and has taught several groups in Europe through international study programs. His industry work through SIRC includes project reports provided for the PGA TOUR, NFL and NHL, as well as extensive program evaluation work for non-profit youth development sport organizations through a partnership with the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative.  Dr. Kent received his PhD in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. He earned his Master of Human Kinetics degree from the University of Windsor, and his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Health and Physical Education and Fitness from the University of Toronto.

M. Moshe Porat – Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Dr. M. Moshe Porat is the Dean of the Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University. He is also the former Chairman of the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management department.  Prior to his academic work, Dr. Porat served as deputy general manager of Ihud Insurance Group, a large international risk management and insurance firm, and as an economic and financial consultant. Dr. Porat is a Board Member of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League, The Anti-Defamation League, Mastery Charter Schools, and Committee Chair for the Philadelphia Education Advisory Taskforce Committee of Finance, Resources, and Fiscal Impact.  Dr. Porat has won several awards for excellence in research and the 1998 Philadelphia Mayor’s Citation for his activities in connection with international programs. The Academy of International Business selected him as the 2001 International Dean of the Year for his leadership and contributions to international business programs and research. He also received the 2002 Adam Smith Leadership Award for Academic Excellence and Educational Leadership by Economics Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate degree in economics and statistics (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University. His MBA (magna cum laude) is from the Recanati Graduate School of Management at Tel Aviv University. He completed his doctoral work at Temple University.

Debbie Campbell - Senior Vice Dean, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Debbie Campbell is currently the Senior Vice Dean at Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management. Debbie has over 29 years of experience in higher education with extensive experience in the areas of strategic marketing, curriculum development, policy implementation, academic advising, sustainability, career and student professional development, diversity and ethics programming, assessment, enrollment management, financial literacy, and veteran affairs.  Debbie was on the university implementation team for installation of the Banner enterprise-wide higher education system. She is a founding member and the faculty advisor for the Temple Veteran Association. Debbie sits on the Board of Leadership Philadelphia, the Community College of Philadelphia Business Advisory Board, and is the Board Chair at the Community Center at Visitation. In 2004, Debbie was awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal’s prestigious 40 under 40 Award. This award recognizes the Philadelphia region's most accomplished young professionals who are proven performers in both their industry and their community.

Jennifer M. Nyiri - Executive Director, Talent Management & Enterprise Rotational Development Programs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Jenn Nyiri joined Comcast NBCUniversal’s Integrated Talent Management (ITM) team in 2013 to implement new, lead current and build future rotational programs that support the organization’s long term talent strategy.  Her role has since expanded to lead Talent Management for critical teams in concert with enterprise-wide rotational programs to create a symphonic talent strategy that prepares the organization for the future.  Prior to joining Comcast NBCUniversal, Jenn spent close to a decade with Aramark Corporation leading Talent Management & Acquisition for their Sports, Leisure & Corrections group.  Jenn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development & Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.  She has also completed the Internal Coaching Intensive of the Columbia University’s Advanced Coaching Certification Program and sits on the Temple University Fox School of Business MBA Industry Advisory Council.

Darin Kapanjie - Academic Director of the Online BBA, Online MBA and Part-Time MBA Programs, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Dr. Kapanjie, who joined Fox’s Statistics Department in 2003, is committed to teaching beyond the physical classroom. He is known for using cutting-edge teaching technologies, and was an early adopter of Class Capture, Wireless Tablet Annotation, Pearson’s MyLabs, and he was the first to use WebEx web conferencing tools to teach synchronous online classes.  Dr. Kapanjie serves as the Fox School’s Managing Director of Online & Digital Learning and is the Academic Director of the Fox Online MBA, Part-time MBA and BBA Programs. He serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees and has helped infuse the use of efficient, reliable and user-friendly technologies throughout the school.  While at Fox, he has been honored with Philadelphia Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, the Musser Award for Leadership in Teaching, the Andrisani-Frank Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Innovation in Teaching Award at Temple’s Classroom Engagement Through Technology Conference, a two-time winner of the Fox Business Honors Teacher of the Year, and was the inaugural recipient of the John DeAngelo Innovative Leader in Technology Award.

TL Hill - Academic Director of the Global MBA, Fox School of Business, Temple University
TL Hill is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Academic Director of the Global MBA, and Managing Director of the Fox Management Consulting Practice. To date, the Fox MC team has helped nearly 400 clients develop evidence-based strategic plans leading to approximately $400M in new investment while providing extraordinary experiential education to more than 2000 students and engaging 200+ executives as coaches and advisors. TL’s research interests include the governance of knowledge intensive organizations and social ventures, the ways networks span organizational boundaries, and the social and institutional context of international business. He is co-author of more than 30 commissioned reports and peer-reviewed publications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review.  Prior to joining the Fox School, TL was a Managing Director for New Society Publishers and a strategic consultant for small and family-owned firms. TL Hill earned a PhD and an MBA from Temple University and an A.B. in Religious Studies from Brown University.
Lisa Abendroth – Associate Dean for Graduate Program Innovation, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Lisa Abendroth is the new Associate Dean for Graduate Program Innovation at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  From 2014-2017, she served as the faculty director for the Part-time Flex MBA program.  In this role, she oversaw program innovation, curriculum delivery, and assurance of learning activities.  The new Part-time Flex MBA was launched in summer 2016 and several new graduate certificates were launched within the following 12 months.  Abendroth also teaches marketing, where she continues to innovate.  This fall she is teaching in a new Professor + Professional format.  Last year she experimented with collaborative development of a new 7-week core marketing course, where various marketing faculty produced unique content modules according to their area of expertise.  The resulting videos and activities are now used in both the blended and traditional delivery of the course – about 12 sections a year.  In 2012, she led the move to blended course delivery in the part-time MBA program.  She has also developed and led 2 new study abroad courses, and is working on her third.  Prior to joining St. Thomas, Abendroth served as faculty director for the Professional Evening MBA program at Boston University, where she was also a marketing professor. She received her B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Marketing from Duke University.

Brian H. Cameron - Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
Brian Cameron is the Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs in the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University and is the Founding Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.  Dr. Cameron is also the Founding President of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and designed and implemented the first online Enterprise Architecture master’s program in the world.   In his current role as Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs, Dr. Cameron is leading the design and implementation of a new portfolio of online and resident professional master’s programs and graduate certificates.  Professional master’s programs include inter-college collaborations with several Penn State colleges (Liberal Arts, Education, IST, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and others).  Part of this portfolio consists of the redesign and launch of the inter-campus online MBA program.  Dr. Cameron is leading a marketing strategy and branding initiative to better position the evolving portfolio of professional graduate programs in the increasingly competitive marketplace.  He has reorganized the current MBA program office structure to create a professional graduate education programs office to provide shared services to all programs.  Shared services include recruiting/marketing, admissions, advising, student organizations, diversity, mentoring, tutoring, career services, employer relations, and alumni services and relations as well as reorganized financial reporting and management associated with professional graduate programs. 

Toby McChesney - Sr. Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Toby McChesney has been the senior assistant dean of graduate programs for Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business since October 2016.  He oversees admissions, student services, and career management for three MBA programs (Evening, Executive, Online) and four Master of Science programs (Business Analytics, Finance, Information Systems, Supply Chain Management and Analytics).  Helping to launch a new and improved Evening MBA program, Toby worked with the team to increase both the quality and quantity of the incoming fall class resulting in a student increase of 80%.  He received the Dean's Excellence Award for going above and beyond in all aspects of work in the pursuit of the mission of Leavey School of Business. Previously, Toby was assistant dean of graduate programs for Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University for eight years.  In this role he oversaw three MBA programs, twenty Master of Science programs, helped lead several re-organizations, and increased both revenue and enrollments.  Prior to GSU, Toby was at Emory University's Goizueta School of Business in Executive MBA admissions, and at American University working in undergraduate admissions.  Toby has served on the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council and has spoken and presented at numerous GMAC and PTMBA conferences.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from American University, a master’s degree in higher education from George Washington University, and a doctorate degree in higher education.

Monica S. Powell - Senior Associate Dean, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas
Monica S. Powell, PhD is the Senior Associate Dean and Graduate Dean for the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Powell’s graduate business education experience spans nearly 30 years, during which time she has held senior roles at both SMU and UT Dallas. Dr. Powell also has corporate experience recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for a global financial services firm. An active member of the graduate business education industry, Dr. Powell has served as a board member of the EMBA Council. She has also planned conferences and conducted other support activities for the GMAC; and has participated in various initiatives with the AASCB. She has presented for all three organizations numerous times during the past three decades. Dr. Powell’s research focuses on managing student expectations prior to matriculation.  In her role as the Senior Associate Dean at UT Dallas, Dr. Powell is responsible for program management, serving more than 9000 students, including undergraduate and graduate students in almost 30 academic degree programs as well as the school’s Career Management Center and Recruiting Department. In additional to her administrative duties, Dr. Powell also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Powell earned her PhD in Higher Education with a minor in Communications from the University of North Texas. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in advertising — both from the University of Alabama.
David Frasier – Associate Dean, MBA Programs, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
David Frasier has been Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business since June 2013.  He previously spent twelve years as assistant dean at the University at Buffalo School of Management and over twenty years teaching in undergraduate and adult degree completion programs at Houghton College.  He has been involved in several MS program launches and MBA program curricular reviews at both Iowa and Buffalo.  While at Buffalo he was closely involved with the development of the LeaderCORE Program, which won the 2012 MBAR Innovation Award.

Daniel J. Turner - Associate Dean, Masters Programs & Brix Endowed Fellow in Marketing Department of Marketing & International Business, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Daniel “Dan” Turner is Associate Dean of Masters Programs and the Brix Endowed Fellow in Marketing at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle, Washington. The focus of Dan’s academic work pertains to management of the marketing function, the critical interface between an organization and its customers.  At Foster Dan teaches courses in Strategic Marketing Management, Pricing, and Marketing of Innovations in various MBA and executive education programs. He has received numerous teaching awards at Foster and at his Ph.D. alma mater, the Kellogg School of Management. Those awards include the Foster School’s PACCAR Award for Teaching Excellence, a recognition that comes with the highest cash prize in North America. For the past 8 years he has served as the Associate Dean for Masters Programs with full admissions, curriculum, operations, career management, and alumni relations oversight for Foster’s 7 MBA programs and 5 Specialized Masters degrees. He has designed and executed leadership development programs for Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Esterline, the Gates Foundation, Hyundai Heavy Industries, SK Corporation, and a host of other world-class organizations across the globe. Dan currently Chairs the University of Washington’s Faculty Council on Teaching and Learning, a faculty governance body tasked with fostering excellence in teaching and learning across the University’s 3 campuses.   Prior to arriving at Foster in 1999, Dan taught at the Kellogg School, and—before entering academia—he worked as a consultant at Blattberg Cheney Associates, served as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank, and ran a business for Circuit City Stores.

Michael Koenig - Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives and Executive Director of Executive Education, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
As Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, Michael partners with key Rice|Business internal and external stakeholders to drive innovation at the nexus of technology and transformative business education.  As Executive Director of Executive Education, Michael has leadership and management oversight of Rice|Business EE, driving program and business model innovation with a focus on continuing to build a technology enhanced portfolio of net revenue generating programs with local, national and global impact and stature.  From 2007-2017, Michael was senior assistant dean for degree programs at Darden, where he had direct oversight and management of the enterprise resources supporting the MBA degree programs as well as leadership and management responsibilities over all the Darden academic operations. From 2001–07, Koenig was assistant dean for graduate operations with the UVA McIntire School of Commerce.  As an entrepreneur, he has business startup experience as employee No. 4 at Logictier Inc., a Silicon Valley-based Internet infrastructure company. Before joining Logictier, Koenig was the senior manager for professional education at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.  Koenig received a bachelor’s in political science from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s in international political affairs from the University of Kentucky.

Peter Lorenzi - Professor of Management, Sellinger School of  Business, Loyola University, Maryland
Peter Lorenzi is professor of management in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. School of Business at Loyola University Maryland. Lorenzi earned his B.S. in Administrative Science (1973) and his M.B.A. (1975) from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. in 1978 from the Pennsylvania State University.  From 1995 to 2001, Lorenzi served as dean of Loyola's Sellinger School of Business and Management. He managed the Loyola MBA program in Santiago, Chile that evolved to the MBA program of the new Jesuit university, Universidad Alberto Hurtado. US News & World Report ranked the Sellinger PMBA program among the nation's top twenty-five part-time programs.  Lorenzi served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Arkansas from 1992 to 1995. From 1987 to 1990, he was associate dean and associate professor of management at Marquette University. He has held visiting appointments at the universities of Wyoming (1982-83) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986).

Joyce E. A. Russell - The Helen and William O’Toole Dean, Villanova School of Business, Villanova University
Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, is the The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB). Prior to joining VSB, Russell served as both senior associate dean and vice dean at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business. Before joining UMD, Russell was a tenured full professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee (UT).   Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching and change management. She received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio and her BA degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.
Arshad Saiyed – Executive Director of Online Programs, College of Business, University of Illinois
Arshad Saiyed is the Executive Director of online programs for the College of Business at Illinois. He is an entrepreneur in higher education and has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 15 years. While at Illinois, he has been engaged in several strategic initiatives in online business and professional education, helping identify new markets and business models, develop innovative delivery platforms for online education, design and structure complex and nationally renowned online programs, and build the digital infrastructure of those programs. Arshad played a key role in conceptualizing, creating, and implementing the first-of-its-kind MOOC-based online MBA (iMBA). Arshad Saiyed holds an engineering degree from Gujarat University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
Kay Keck, Director, Executive Connections Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Kay Keck is the Director of the Executive Connections Program at W. P. Carey School of Business.  She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and her MBA from the University of Kansas and then worked in the telecom industry in sales, sales training and sales management.  Kay returned to school and received her PhD in management science/marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She began her academic career as an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in professional selling, sales management, marketing management and marketing research.  She subsequently served as the Director of the MBA program.  In 2000 Dr. Keck accepted a position at Thunderbird School of Global Management and held numerous administrative roles there with the final position being Vice President for Full-time Programs.  She also taught marketing research for Thunderbird.  Kay joined W. P. Carey in June of 2014 as Director of the Full-time MBA program.  She participated in the program review and planning that led to the Forward Focus MBA curriculum.  She also teaches the Leadership Communication course in the full-time program and oversees the Executive Connections program.  Kay recently transitioned to her new role leading the Executive Connections mentoring program, which has grown from 10 executive participants in 2014 to almost 60 at present.

David Cook – Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University
David P. Cook, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University and is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences which he joined in 1997.  Prior to becoming Assistant Dean, he served as the Chair of the College Faculty for 10 years and served in multiple capacities in the MBA program for more than 20 years:  faculty member, chair of the admissions committee, and as a member of task forces responsible for curriculum redesign.  As a member of the Maritime and Supply Chain Management faculty, his research has contributed to its recognition as the 8th most productive faculty in transportation research worldwide.  His research efforts in maritime and supply chain management topics have resulted in publication in such highly regarded academic journals as Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, and Transportation Research Part E.  Cook believes in the value of study abroad opportunities for the development of students’ abilities to function effectively in today’s global business environment.  In support of that belief, he has developed and led ports-focused programs to Western Europe and China and International Business programs to the United Kingdom.  He holds BSBA and MBA degrees with concentrations in Production and Operations Management and Purchasing and Procurement Management from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in Business Administration with a concentration in Operation Management.