PAC I F I C L U T H E R A N U N I V E R S I T Y
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MBA PROGRAM
SUCCESS. OUR MBA GRADUATES ARE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS, EMPLOYEES OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES AND NONPROFITS, BANKERS, DOCTORS, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS... AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. WHATEVER THE CAREER, THE RESULTS ARE RELIABLY INSPIRING: PLU GRADS DO AMAZING THINGS WITH THEIR DEGREES—AND FOR THE WORLD.
DOREEN BEARD-SIMPKINS ’11
W W W. P L U . E D U / M B A
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT FOR THE AVENIR MUSEUM OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISE
CURIOSITY MATTERS Beard-Simpkins completed her MBA at PLU while working full-time and raising teenagers. She now lives and works in Fort Collins, Colo.
OF OUR FACULTY HAVE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE.
“The words of writer Saul Bellow speak strongly to me: ‘Boredom is the shriek of unused capacities.’ We each are responsible for remaining curious throughout our lives, and if we are lucky as well as attentive, we look around and optimize opportunities for filling that ‘unused capacity,’ even when the prospect is daunting. Then we turn around and encourage others; there is no time to be bored. I have no doubt that the combination of my curiosity, the PLU School of Business faculty and coursework and the MBA credential were significant factors in the attainment of my opportunity at Colorado State University.”
STEPHEN DILTS ’14 FOUNDER OF PYRAMID STAGING & EVENTS
PERSISTENCE MATTERS While attending PLU, Dilts founded Pyramid Staging & Events, now a multimillion-dollar organization working with clients such as Starbucks and Microsoft and on events including Bumbershoot, Seattle Seahawks football games and the Sasquatch Music Festival.
“I love the fact that PLU lets students go at their own pace! I was able to chip away at the graduate program and take classes when they fit my schedule. It’s all about persistence and not quitting. If you keep moving forward, you’ll eventually earn the prize!”
DR CLIFF ROBERTSON ’05
W W W. P L U . E D U / M B A
CEO OF CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES’ NEBRASKA/SOUTHWEST IOWA ORGANIZATION
VISION MATTERS An executive, entrepreneur and primary-care physician, Robertson runs a $2.3 billion health system made up of 15 hospitals and two large medical groups, employing more than 800 providers.
OF OUR FACULTY HAVE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE.
“The vision that physicians needed to be more involved in (and accountable for) the business side of healthcare— together with the realization that healthcare needed to learn from other industries to take the lead at addressing its own cost issues—led to my personal goal to obtain an MBA. I am truly thankful I lived in the same community as Pacific Lutheran University.”
MIKE JORGENSEN ’13 PLAN ADMINISTRATOR
ENTHUSIASM MATTERS Jorgensen works at Panagiotu Pension Advisors, Inc. in Tacoma, where he oversees legal and compliance work for more than 75 employer-sponsored retirement plans. He also owns a small business that turns wood pallets into high-quality home furnishings and décor.
“Enthusiasm is learned. It is a deep belief—or a call to action—that stems from persistence, goal-setting and knowledge of oneself. It is a journey that transcends all failures and successes with the hope of making a difference. It is this hope, in combination with the support of family, peers and PLU faculty, that has energized me and helped me take an active interest in my education, career and community. As individuals, being enthusiastic about what we do is an obligation that we have to society. It will make the world a better place.”
DR. MARK MULDER ’93, ’00
W W W. P L U . E D U / M B A
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS
BEST PLU’S MBA PROGRAM IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP 15 IN THE NATION.*
*The Princeton Review's Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools Survey.
Dr. Mulder is an Assistant Professor of Business who teaches marketing courses in PLU’s undergraduate and MBA programs. An active researcher, Mulder also is deeply engaged in the business and nonprofit communities and was selected for a professional development program at Harvard University.
“At the heart of compassion is passion, and I am interested how the passion for business can include social change. I believe in the triple bottom line with business: Profits are essential, though the environment and communities are also vital stakeholders to consider. In our MBA program, students and faculty together explore ways one can improve the world by being compassionate and passionate about business.”
CONNECT WITH THOUSANDS OF SUCCESSFUL PLU GRADS When you graduate with a PLU MBA, you join a select group of highly qualified and respected alumni. PLU’s MBA program is connected to the business community in the Puget Sound area, and beyond, through fellow graduates and the Executive Advisory Board of the PLU School of Business, which provides guidance, support and assistance. Our alumni also participate in networking events and mentoring opportunities through the PLU Business Network, connecting you to companies around the Puget Sound and around the world.
CONNECTIONS MATTER THE BOEING COMPANY MICROSOFT AMAZON COSTCO STARBUCKS ALASKA AIRLINES QWEST CORPORATION
BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION EXPEDIA, INC. WEYERHAEUSER SEATTLE CANCER CARE ALLIANCE RUSSELL INVESTMENTS INTEL CORPORATION MORGAN STANLEY
MULTICARE HEALTH SYSTEMS COLUMBIA BANK PACCAR STATE FARM T-MOBILE MILGARD WINDOWS PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS, LLP
MAINE VETERANS HOMES
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON STATE OF OREGON OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY HART VENTURES UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO LITEHOUSE FOODS IDAHO POWER COMPANY
WYO-BEN, INC. MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY MRG FINANCIAL SERVICES
BAHRAIN CHINA BAKER & MCKENZIE LEBONA COMPUTING SVCS. LTD.
COSTA RICA LABORATORIOS SUPER DIEZ
KAISER PERMANENTE GENERAL ELECTRIC WALT DISNEY COMPANY WELLS FARGO STANFORD UNIVERSITY SKECHERS
CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES GRAYBAR FOUNDATION NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
STANKIEWICZ INTL PPD, INC. IBM INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION BORDEN, INC.
INDONESIA MULTI GROUP ACADEMY OF INTL. EDUCATION VANCO., LTD.
JEM PROJECTS CARL R. DARNALL ARMY MEDICAL CENTER BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE CORPORATION CALTEX
NORWAY NORDEA BANK PHARMAQ
QATAR UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA COMBS ENGINEERING SOUTH CENTRAL FOUNDATION DESIGNPT
GUIDANT CORPORATION XEROX TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SEMINOLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE US NAVY
THAILAND TAIHUA KARMAI
TURKEY STATKRAFT TURKEY/YESIL ENERJI
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES NESTLÉ
VIETNAM LAC VIET PACAKGING LTD.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN GEORGIA CHEMICAL PRODUCTS CORP. FAIRWAY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING
CRUMBACHER BUSINESS SYSTEMS, INC. DEVON ENERGY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AT&T
IMS HEALTH A.G. EDWARDS & SONS, INC. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION FREDERICK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GE POWER & WATER
ZOOM VACATIONS ASHLAND INC. INTERNATIONAL PAPER FOUNDATION
URAL BOEING MANUFACTURING
NEWPORT TANK CONTAINERS KETTERING MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION AVIATION RESEARCH GROUP
CAPITAL ONE KAUFMAN & CANOLE NATIONAL SYSTEMS CORP THE LEGACY GROUP
SUNY AT BUFFALO SMITH BARNEY CORNING INCORPORATED DEUTSCHE BANK PHILIPS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION
STATE OF NEVADA SEMMENS INVESTIGATIVE ENGINEERING TELISCHAK & ASSOCIATES INSIGHT HEALTH SERVICES
QATAR NATIONAL BANK
STATE STREET GLOBAL ADVISORS LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
TURCK, INC. CASCADIAN FARM, INC SUPER VALU STORES, INC.
EXCELON CORPORATION MONMOUTH COLLEGE ABBOTT LABORATORIES ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY FAA
INTEL CORPORATION U.S. BORAX COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA
HERE'S A NATIONWIDE SAMPLING OF COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY PLU MBA GRADUATES.
LAW OFFICES OF JO-ANN M. ADAMS
DR. NANCY D. ALBERS-MILLER Dean, School of Business
DR. KEVIN K. BOEH Associate Professor FINANCE
DR. KORY D. BROWN Assistant Professor MANAGEMENT
DR. LINDA K. GIBSON Professor MANAGEMENT
DR. MATTHEW T. LUTH Assistant Professor MANAGEMENT
DR. DIANE B. MACDONALD Professor BUSINESS LAW
DR. JOOYAL MAENG Assistant Professor MANAGEMENT
DR. TIMOTHY MOONEY Assistant Professor FINANCE
Prior to joining PLU, Dr. Albers-Miller served as Chair and Professor of Marketing at Berry College and as Associate Professor at University of North Texas.
Dr. Boeh is an experienced investment banker and management consultant.
Before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2010, Dr. Brown spent nearly two decades in the semiconductor and wireless industries.
Dr. Gibsonâ€™s scholarship and consulting work has been focused on mentoring; managing careers and performance; partnerships; assessment; and accountability issues for higher education, leadership and changing cultures.
Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Luth worked for seven years as an environmental engineer. He also has consulted with a consortium of U.S. nonprofit agencies on training programs to enhance the work experiences of their employees.
Dr. MacDonald is a practicing attorney licensed in Illinois and Washington. Her primary areas of practice include acting as general counsel for start-up and privately held businesses, legal risk management and financial planning.
Before coming to academia, Dr. Maeng worked for Cisco Systems, Korea as a Channel Financial Analyst whose major responsibility was to coordinate with distribution channel partners in Korea.
Dr. Mooney received teaching awards for an instructor for finance and economics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
B.S., University of Nebraska, 1999; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2012.
B.A., MBA, Loyola University, Chicago, 1970, 1974; J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1980.
B.S., Brigham Young University, 1991; MBA, Idaho State University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2010.
DR. GAUREV GUPTA Assistant Professor ACCOUNTING
DR. SUSAN HARMON Associate Professor MARKETING
DR. UFUK INCE Assistant Professor FINANCE
DR. CHUNG-SHING LEE Professor MANAGEMENT
DR. MARK R. MULDER Assistant Professor MARKETING
DR. CATHERINE PRATT School of Business Resident Assistant Professor MANAGEMENT
B.S., Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), 2001; M.S., Stanford University, 2004; Ph.D., Purdue University, 2010.
DR. SVEN TUZOVIC Associate Professor MARKETING 2007-PRESENT
1983-PRESENT Prior to joining PLU, Dr. Gupta taught a variety of accounting courses at the University of Texas at El Paso and received an award for excellence in undergraduate instruction.
Prior to joining PLU, Dr. Harmon taught marketing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for eight years at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
B.C., University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2006; MBA, Pepperdine University, 2009; Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso, 2013.
B.S., University of Alabama, M.A., Ph.D., 1980, 1991, 1998.
Dr. Ince is a CFA charter holder and Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Washington and the Chief Investment Officer at a boutique wealthmanagement firm that specializes in enhanced passive strategies. B.S., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1992; MBA, Southern Illinois University, 1994; M.S., Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1997, 2002.
Dr. Lee is a Professor of Technology and Innovation Management and Director of the ePLU E-Commerce & Technology Management Center. He has been a Visiting Professor in the College of Management at Yuan Ze University, where he also serves as a Research Associate at Yuan Ze University. B.A., National Taiwan University, 1980; M.A., University of Maryland, 1985; D.Sc., The George Washington University, 1997.
Dr. Mulder taught in the College of Business and completed his Ph.D at Washington State University. He has previous experience teaching in the PLU School of Business and was selected for a professional development program at Harvard. B.B.A., MBA, Pacific Lutheran University, 1993, 2000; Ph.D., Washington State University, 2012.
Dr. Pratt teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organization behavior, organization design and leadership. B.A., Brigham Young University, 1983; M.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1993; Ed.D., Seattle University, 2001.
After receiving his Doctorate degree in October 2003, Dr. Tuzovic joined a management-consultant company in Munich, Germany, where he worked until returning to academia. B.B.A., Georgia State University, 1997; MBA, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany, 1999; D.B.A., University of Basel, Switzerland, 2003.
B.A., Texas Christian University, 1967; M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri, 1985, 1989.
B.A., Northwestern University, 2002; Ph.D. University of WisconsinMilwaukee, 2013.
B.S., University of Texas, 1982; MBA, Texas State University, San Marcos, 1989; Ph.D., University of Houston, 1994.
B.A., Colorado College, 1990; MBA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996; Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2008.
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