Benedictine College MBA Brochure 2016

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Benedictine College


Providing the building

blocks for a lifetime of personal and professional success #WHEREGREATNESSBEGINS

Top 10 Reasons to Earn Your MBA at Benedictine College 1


Rigorous and Relevant At Benedictine you will acquire the real-world business skills, knowledge, and expertise that employers value most. Our MBA program emphasizes global business acumen, innovation, entrepreneurship, and values-based leadership and ethics integrated throughout the courses.



Network Jump Starter By earning your MBA from Benedictine College you will join an esteemed group of alumni. Our 600+ MBA graduates are eager to help you land internships during your study; job placement immediately following your graduation and continued professional growth and networking opportunities for a lifetime.



Industry Leaders The MBA program is driven by a group of dynamic, engaged, and industryleading professors who are great teachers and fantastic mentors. Their academic and professional experience include MBAs, JDs, Ph.D.s, CPAs, entrepreneurs and founders of companies, managers, directors, VPs, CEOs and authors of numerous articles and books. Our faculty are active in industry and seasoned in academia, delivering both relevant instruction and expert experience.



Small Town, Big City Benedictine College is located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, KS. Atchison offers a great small town feel, with about 11,000 people living and working in the area. We are just 45 minutes outside of Kansas City, which boasts all the amenities, both cultural and professional, that you would expect to find in a metropolitan area home to 2.4 million people.



Top-20 College Benedictine College is one of “America’s Best Colleges” according to U.S. News & World Report. This past fall we welcomed our largest undergraduate enrollment ever, more than 1,850 students. Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and residential college located on a beautifully wooded 120-acre campus. We pride ourselves on outstanding academics, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.



Mission Driven Our Mission of Community, Faith, and Scholarship is built on four pillars: Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts, and residential. Earning your MBA at Benedictine College gives you the added benefit of living in the midst of a vibrant Catholic community where you will be supported in your studies, professional pursuits, recreation outlets, and your spiritual life. It is by means of this community that we are producing business leaders who will transform the world through their commitment to professional, intellectual, personal and spiritual excellence.



Caring Professors At Benedictine you are not just a number, you get to know your professors and they get to know you. Our professors not only teach you the technical business skills and concepts to help you deliver value to your employer, but they also help you network to land your new job or that desired promotion.



Small Classes With a small group, you will not only get to know your professors but will also get to know and become friends with your fellow MBA classmates. We have amassed an impressive group of young professionals serious about business and making a difference in the world. Besides the obvious benefit of studying with engaging, bright, and enthusiastic classmates, you will be making invaluable contacts with tomorrow’s managers, VPs and CEOs.



Unmatched Campus We have a beautiful campus, a friendly community and state-of-the-art facilities. Earning your MBA at Benedictine College affords you the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of a robust undergraduate community: from athletic events, to the performing arts, to forming lasting friendships with our 1,850 undergraduate students, professors, and staff. We are a tight-knit community of faith and scholarship preparing students to lead and transform the world.



Real-World Results We offer much more than just an MBA degree. We help set up internships and full-time jobs. Through our contacts in the business world and our network of over 600 MBA graduates we give you the building blocks for a lifetime of personal and professional success. We produce outstanding executive entrepreneurs, strategists, and leaders in our community. Earning your MBA from Benedictine will translate into immediate results, giving you a great return-on-investment.


The Faculty

Active in Business and Seasoned in Academia

Michael King, J.D., M.B.A. Director of the School of Business and Graduate Business Programs, Associate Professor • Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Master of Science from Fort Hays State University, B.A. from Benedictine College • Served as President of the College of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas • Principal in several start-up business ventures and a small investment banking firm • Worked in the United States Senate as professional staff on the Commerce Committee Contact: 913-360-7160, Dr. Joseph L. Brickner, Ph.D., M.B.A. Adjunct Professor in Graduate School of Business • Doctor of Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Il, B.A. from St. Benedict’s College (Benedictine College), Certified Cash Manager (CCM) • Chief Financial Officer for Novadiol, Inc. (2012 – 2016) • Associate Professor in School of Business and Academic Director for the Graduate School of Business at Benedictine (2010 -2012) • Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Business Professor in Executive MBA program at Benedictine (1998 – 2010) • Assistant Treasurer for Southwestern Bell (now AT&T). Retired with nearly 28 years of service in 1998 Contact: 913-638-0137, Dr. David W. Bryant, Ph.D., M.B.A. Assistant Professor • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Regent University, M.B.A. from University of North Carolina Wilmington, and B.A. in Managerial Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia • Taught economics and business at Sampson Community College and the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina • Owned and operated a small business (national franchised learning center). Additionally served as a partner in several family businesses as an investment manager • Research interests include Catholic Social Teaching, Faith at work, Entrepreneurship, & Distributism • Teaches courses in management, corporate social responsibility, and ethics Contact: 913-360-7457,




Dave Geenens, M.B.A., C.P.A. Adjunct Professor • M.B.A. from Rockhurst University, a B.S. in Accounting from Baker University, and a C.P.A. certificate from the state of Kansas • Former CEO of Avascend Healthcare Hospitality and Impact Design • Founder and CEO of Inhance Leadership • Author of three books: Arise! Life-Changing Truths for the Tormented Leader Leaderslip: Reversing the SLIDE of American Enterprise Leadership Nothing is Free: The Price Only Business Leaders Can Pay to Protect Free Markets

• Teaches courses in leadership, management, organizational behavior, and auditing Contact: 913-360-7633,

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Chris Glenski, C.P.A., M.S. Associate Professor and Program Chair for Accounting • M.S. in Professional Accounting from University of Texas-Austin and B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from William Jewell College • Teaching experience at Missouri Western State University, Salem College, DePaul University, and the University of Texas-Austin • Former Tax Manager for KPMG in Kansas City • Teaches courses in accounting, taxation, and business valuation Contact: 913-360-7512, Dr. Jan Hansen, Ph.D., M.B.A. Assistant Professor, Management, SIBC Advisor • Ph.D. in Management and Strategy from the University of Nebraska, M.B.A. from Creighton University, and B.A. from Michigan State University • Prior affiliation with Bellevue University, serving as Dean of the Hawkins College of Professional Studies while developing their non-traditional programs • Worked for Mutual of Omaha, Control Data Corporation, and the Heartland Region of the American Red Cross • Research activities include organizational learning and knowledge management, corporate entrepreneurship, and international cultures • Teaches courses in strategic management, human resources management, and production and operations management Contact: 913-360-7423,

Dr. David Harris, Ph.D. Professor of Econonmics • Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, M.S. in Economics from Iowa State University, and B.A. in Economics from Benedictine College • Worked professionally in several areas of banking, financial analysis, and computer programming • Teaches courses in managerial economics, microeconomics, econometrics, and economic development • Research interests include game theory, classroom experiments and student performance, and Catholic Social Teaching Contact: 913-360-7456, Clay Johnston, M.B.A. Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Marketing • Executive M.B.A. from Benedictine College and B.S. from Missouri Western State University • 15 years of experience in the marketing industry, including television production and account management, public relations, marketing research, and as the marketing director for a small technology start-up • Entrepreneurship Program Chair at Wright Career College • Research featured in international best-selling author Will Bowen’s book, Happy This Year • Research also featured in, and used as the basis for, a mobile application adopted by the Dale Carnegie Institute of Asia • Teaches courses in marketing, consumer behavior, and market strategy Contact: 913-360-7547, Deborah Reed, M.B.A. Associate Professor • M.B.A. from Central Michigan University, B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College • Over 30 years of business experience including work in higher education, entrepreneurial ventures and corporate leadership • Experience aiding in the Entrepreneurship Program at the Craig Schools of Business – Missouri Western State University • Teaching experience at William Jewell College, awarded Professor Emeritus status • Published research in the areas of Applied Learning, Business Communications, and Ethics • Professional background includes work at Hallmark Cards Inc., owner of multiple Apple computer retail stores, and numerous youth oriented programs with local, regional, and national connections Contact: 913-360-7587,

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Madeline Rogers, J.D., M.B.A. Assistant Professor • Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law • M.B.A. with specialization in International Business from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand • B.A. in Business Administration from Benedictine College • Teaching experience at Emporia State University • Worked for private law firms and nonprofit organizations • Clerked for judges at the Kansas Court of Appeals, Johnson County District Court, and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for the Social Security Administration • Teaches courses in business law and international business Contact: 913-360-7288,

Courses Students are required to complete 33 credits of graduate course work in order to receive their MBA degree in business administration. Accounting Information for Management This course provides an analysis of accounting information and the control function within the firm. This course focuses on the role of the corporate controller of the firm. Specifically, decisions involving the management functions of determining and controlling relevant costs are examined and developed. This course introduces the role that budget and cost analysis play in effective operations management as well as product pricing. Managerial Economics This course explores the nature and role (including market forces) of decisions that determine profit-maximizing production and pricing. The course investigates pragmatic microeconomic and macroeconomic applications, including relevant costs, and the determinates of supply and demand and their role in decision-making. Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate economics course. Human Resource Management This course deals with the study of the procedures required in hiring, employment testing, interview and selection process, job design, evaluation techniques, managementlabor relations, wage and salary administration, and current employment regulations. Use of case analysis and class lectures will be emphasized. Leadership This course emphasizes the role and practice of leadership in the successful execution of an enterprise. Both poor and excellent examples of leadership will be studied. A priority is placed on each student developing his or her own leadership paradigm that aligns fully with his or her values and beliefs as integrity is critical to the role of leadership. Business Practice & Corporate Social Responsibility This course examines the exercise of leadership in modern organizations with a focus on ethical challenges facing corporate leaders in the rapidly changing business environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the responsibilities corporations have toward various publics (stakeholders) and the implications of the Benedictine heritage for business practice. Marketing Strategy This course takes an analytical approach to the study of marketing, focusing on the total environment in which marketing decisions are made. Emphasis is on managerial decisions, as well as the planning research and organization aspects of marketing activities. Students examine consumer and industrial products and services; profit, non-profit, public and private organizations; and the social and legal implications of marketing policies.

Financial Management The nature of strategic decisions related to the source and use of funds for capital expenditures are central to this course. Examination and analysis of risk in financial decision making, and the financial instruments that have evolved to manage capital will be studied. Attention is given to the process and role of capital budgeting and control of capital usage. Business Creation Practicum A new enterprise in order to be successful must be able to tell a unique story to the market and at the same time must be financially profitable and sustainable in time. The course approaches the difficult task of generating a new business, studying and applying the business model canvas methodology. During the course the methodology will be applied also to the creation of new products, with emphasis on customer’s value creation. Telling a unique story involves also alignment with personal stories; the course will extend the methodology attempting a coherent alignment between business, product and individual’s career. Business Law & Ethical Decision Making A new enterprise in order to be successful must be able to tell a unique story to the market and at the same time must be financially profitable and sustainable in time. The course approaches the difficult task of generating a new business, studying and applying the business model canvas methodology. During the course the methodology will be applied also to the creation of new products, with emphasis on customer’s value creation. Global Strategy (Capstone Course) This course addresses business problems, opportunities, and processes relevant to a global market economy. International business practice and communication skills are integrated into each aspect of the course. Emphases include: current issues in management, economics, finance, marketing or production, and how these operate in different countries with widely varying thought processes and cultures. Strategic Management (Capstone Course) This course seeks to develop a management viewpoint that integrates creative thinking, strategic perspectives and administrative ability in a global context. The course helps students develop skills and perspectives necessary to comprehend and respond to a complex, whole system phenomena. Integrative cases in modern business problems are explored, alternative courses of action are appraised and strategic decision-making ability is developed.

Build Your Competitive Advantage! Wanted: Catholic young professionals who are serious about their faith and about becoming a future business leader! As college graduates are facing an increasingly competitive job market, we would like to offer YOU an affordable option to earn your MBA in just one year, at less than 1/3 of the average cost, setting yourself apart from your peers with whom you are competing for jobs. Q. Do you have your dream job lined up after graduation? Q. Do you have all the skills you need to jump to middle-management? A. Come to Benedictine, earn your MBA in just one year and build your competitive advantage! • Earn your MBA from a faithful Catholic College • MBAs earn $45K more per year than those with BAs. (Fortune Magazine). • Generous scholarships available! • Get your MBA when you’re still young; it’s hard to find time for it once you start your career. • Apply NOW before this opportunity passes you by! Benedictine’s MBA program is an invaluable addition to your undergraduate degree, setting you apart in a competitive job market. We offer you much more than just an MBA, we will help you land that next job or promotion. Plus, you will make lasting friendships with your classmates and your professors! Join our network of 600+ MBA alumni!

Here’s a Great 5-Step Plan for Spiritual & Financial Success! 1. Take a year off and regroup. 2. Live and study in a vibrant Catholic community of faith and scholarship on Benedictine College’s beautiful campus! 3. Make lifelong friendships with your professors and fellow students. 4. Earn your MBA. 5. Open the door to a new job and $45k raise!

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About Benedictine College Benedictine College is a modern-day success story. By focusing on its core mission of community, faith and scholarship the college has added five new residence halls and three new academic buildings in the last five years. It was first named a top 20 school by both U.S. News & World Report and the Cardinal Newman Guide in 2007. Our beautiful campus on the banks of the Missouri River also offers a new Student Recreation Center, Dining Hall and two coffee shops. The Raven network of alumni success includes graduates who have risen to the highest level in many industries in the 21st century, such as bank leaders, eight university presidents, seven bishops, doctors, engineers, lawyers and 1 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Testimonials “It is through the integration of community, faith and scholarship that we have found success, and it is through our continued commitment to all three that we will go forward.” — President Steve Minnis ’82

“My decision to enroll in Benedictine’s MBA program was unequivocally one of the best of my career. The program places an emphasis on developing not just management and leadership skills, but in conducting business ethically and responsibly. Overall, my confidence has increased on both a personal and professional level.” — Steve Rufino, ’11 VP, Experian Information Solutions

“I decided to pursue an MBA degree at Benedictine College after a successful 10-year stint in Business Administration. As I progressed through the program, I was confirmed on my conviction that it was the right decision at the right time. It did not only deepen my understanding of key business principles that set me apart in a competitive job market; but also, the MBA program offered me the opportunity to reflect on my past professional experience as a whole, helping me to calibrate skills and techniques learned in the past, giving me the confidence and enthusiasm I needed in striving to become a valuable asset within an organization.” — Denis Spahaj, ‘17 Finance & Accounting Manager, Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc

“I am very interested in evangelizing in the workplace and bearing witness to how an upright Catholic ought to live, seeking first the Kingdom of God and not putting material success on a pedestal above Our Lord. The idea of living out my Catholic faith in the workplace and putting others before personal gain is very attractive to me, and I know this is the type of life the Lord would want me to lead if I choose to enter the business world.” — Michael Duchesne, current MBA student


Benedictine College


Contact Us or Schedule Your Visit! Jason Fabaz Assistant Director of Graduate Business Programs and Professional Development (913) 360-7235




1020 North Second Street Atchison, KS 66002


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