Kent State's EMBA Program Exceeds Expectations of Successful Alum


Pat Davis, vice president for administration and interim vice president for marketing at AVIFoodsystems, always knew she wanted to get her MBA. She said pursing her graduate degree was a not only a personal goal, but an investment in her future and career.

When she began looking for an MBA program, she established a list of criteria including; an accredited ranked program, on-campus Saturday classes, affordability, international experience and it needed to be located within an hour of her home and work.

“Although I had not set out looking for an Executive MBA, Kent State’s College of Business Administration’s EMBA program met and exceeded my list,” Davis said. “The EMBA program was designed for busy professionals holding Saturday classes on the Kent campus and providing additional strategic learning skills for current executives, as well as an advanced education and a foundation for up-and-coming executives.”

One thing that stood out to Davis was the EMBA’s student representation program; it affords two EMBA students the opportunity to serve as liaisons between their peers and program administrators to address issues, request special topics and make improvements.

“As one of the class representatives, I valued the chance to express class concerns and to present ideas to enhance the program,” Davis said. “The program’s administrators and faculty were always interested in our feedback. They are very committed to this program, always striving to make it better and exceed the expectations of the students.”

Because of her positive experiences with the EMBA program, Davis chose to join the Executive MBA Alumni Association. “The officers are dynamic, talented and committed to leading and building the association while offering executive programs and networking opportunities,” Davis said.

Davis, who has 14 years of experience with AVI Foodsystems, said she not only learned from her professors, but also from her peers. “The shared career experiences and insights are long lasting – as are the friendships and knowledge,” Davis said. “I encourage all potential students to take that next step; it will indeed change and impact the course of their lives.”

POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2016 12:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 08:09 AM