The Wake Forest University Schools of Business recently held a graduation ceremony for the Winston-Salem Executive MBA Program’s Class of 2009.
Twenty-eight students received their Master of Business Administration degree on Friday, Jan. 15. The evening included a reception and dinner at Old Town Club followed by an awards ceremony and the distribution of diplomas by Dean of Business Steve Reinemund and Associate Dean for Working Professional MBA Programs Bill Davis.
Davis commented, “I am so proud of our graduates. These high caliber individuals have been engaged in a rigorous education for the past two years and we are looking forward to how they continue to apply this experience outside of the classroom. The Class of 2009 is sure to make a positive impact on our society.”
Recent graduates traveled to Winston-Salem from locations between Wheeling, WV and Charlotte, NC to attend the Executive MBA program. The graduates are: Christopher Todd Basinger, Lisa Jamison Bowling, Christian Ryan Busch, Craig Mitchell Byerly, David Scott Collins Jr., Matthew James Crisci, Robert Bruce Elkins II, Ronald Woodrow Erskine Jr., Jon Michael Foremsky, Richard Cale Freeman, Brian Robert Gracely, Sandra Alene Howell, Domingo Alejandro Isasi, David Andrew Ivan, Matthew David Johnson, Willie Mark Jones IV, Michael Lloyd Kessinger, Matthew Jacob Kirk, Robert Taylor Lee, Gregg Arthur Lewis, Viswanathan Manickam, Susan Seufert McCraven, Portia Raeschelle Mount, Wendy Lynn Martin Perry, Krishna Mohan Sakhamuri, James Thomas Schweitzer, Jeremy Norman Shively, and Manoj Kumar Somasekaran.
The Class of 2009 recognized the John B. McKinnon Professor of Management Ram Baliga by awarding him with the Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award. The award is given annually by each MBA class for outstanding contributions to the education and personal development of students.
“I am very honored to receive the Outstanding Faculty Recognition for the Executive MBA Class of 2009,” said Baliga. “The class was a joy to teach and they challenged me to do my best.”
The Wake Forest Executive MBA program is designed for working professionals, managers, small business owners and entrepreneurs with strong job performance who want to advance into mid- and upper-level management. At least three years of full-time, postgraduate work experience is required as the program builds upon that professional career experience to sharpen students’ general management skills.