EMBA Student Reflects on Time (& Money) Well Spent as Graduation Approaches


The end is in sight for Thomas Neumann who will graduate from the Executive MBA program this spring. Neumann, the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of strategy, marketing and communications at Akron General Health System, said he decided to go back to school to earn his Executive MBA because he knew it was important to stay current and keep up with best practices.

“Kent State was a natural choice for me,” Neumann said. “I worked at Kent State for 10 years before heading to Akron General and my three children all graduated from Kent. I also knew that Kent’s Executive MBA program was highly rated and excellent.”

Prior to working for Akron General Health System, Neumann worked for Kent State University as the Associate Vice President of University Communications and Marketing for 10 years.

“Tom’s years of work experience have been helpful in the program,” said Lawrence J. Marks, associate professor in marketing management. “Tom’s background has given him a high level of comfort and confidence in his presentations. He applied his marketing experience to classroom theory bringing “real world” insights into class discussions.”

Neumann said the Executive MBA experience has been a good one. “It’s been outstanding,” Neumann said. “The professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. It also provides direct application to the job. I literally put to practice what I learn each weekend when I return to work on Monday.”

Neumann also said the Executive MBA program has had a positive impact on his life. “I have more confidence now and I feel more knowledgeable,” Neumann said. “It’s opened up the types of work I do and allows me to have a greater impact within the company.”

POSTED: Friday, May 06, 2016 12:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 08, 2023 10:10 PM