Limestone Readies for Beginning of MBA Program; Limited Time Available to Apply

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The first day of classes for Limestone College’s highly anticipated Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) is Friday, July 13, 2012.

While the day is approaching quickly, the College will continue to accept applications until Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Online applications are available.

Limestone’s MBA is designed so that groups of 25 students (a “cohort”) proceed through the courses together. Initially the program will have only a single cohort, with an additional cohort of 25 students entering the program up to an enrollment of approximately 150. 

The program has experienced tremendous momentum since its formal announcement in January. Included in that first cohort are professionals from throughout the Southeast and in various industries including criminal justice, human resources, banking, state education, home healthcare, pharmaceutical sales, and two branches of the military (US Army and Marine Corps).

Michael Nix, a test engineer with Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems Controls in Gastonia, NC and military veteran with over 20 years in military aviation—including a tenure as pilot for Air Force Two (1998-2000)—was attracted to Limestone’s MBA program for executive career advancement. “Limestone’s MBA will provide me with an understanding of the thought process required for decisions at the executive level,” he said. “I am definitely a hands-on kind of person, which is why I became an engineer. At Curtis-Wright, we provide highly specialized equipment for the aerospace, defense, and industrial markets. As a test engineer, every part that is designed to be placed on a military aircraft comes through my office.”

Having earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Limestone in 1996, Nix is very familiar with the format of taking courses online. “I joined the US Marine Corps right after graduating from Blacksburg High School, and began taking my Limestone business courses online,” he said. “I actually prefer the online medium for taking courses and am convinced that it makes one a better student. I learned more about myself as an online student than I anticipated because I became more disciplined and greatly developed my study skills.”

Gaffney resident Teresa Randolph earned her two Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from another Upstate South Carolina college. “The ease with which my undergraduate credits transferred to Limestone was amazing,” she said as she explained why she is pursuing her MBA at Limestone. “For the past six years, I have served in a management position for a home healthcare provider. It’s a career that I absolutely love, and I can clearly see how the skills obtained while earning my MBA can be of such benefit.”

Additions to MBA Faculty
Limestone has hired Dr. Theresa Coates and Dr. Keith J. Keppley as Assistant Professors of Business for its MBA program. The two will also teach in Limestone’s undergraduate business program.

Dr. Coates joins the Limestone faculty after serving as Assistant Dean of the Business School at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY), a position she held since 2006. She also served as an Associate Professor of Business at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY). Dr. Coates earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).

Dr. Keppley comes to Limestone after serving as an adjunct professor at Community College of Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD). He has also served as a Lead System Analyst for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (Owings, MD). Dr. Keppley earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Penn State University, his master’s degree in corporate communication from Duquesne University, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University (St. David’s, PA).