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OIL CITY, PA, 12/14/09—When the local business community turned to Clarion University-Venango Campus four years ago to advocate an executive-style MBA program at the campus that would meet the needs of community leaders, the campus and the university's College of Business Administration

chuck kimball and brenda ponsford 12-09
Chuck Kimball and Brenda Ponsford.

involved them in the design of the program. The outcome was a program in which a cohort of students employed in economic development, health care, industry, the service sector, and other fields moved together toward graduation on December 19, an accomplishment they celebrated with their professors and university leadership a week early with a luncheon at Wanango Golf Club.

            "My colleagues and I spent almost two years incorporating the input of community leaders into the design of the program," said Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of the Venango Campus, "and the result was a rigorous program with a flexible schedule that combined the stimulating interaction of live instruction on several Saturdays a month with the convenience of web-based classes. We're enormously grateful to our colleagues in Clarion's College of Business Administration for offering their MBA program on Venango Campus. And we're very proud to share in the achievements of these students, and to congratulate them in reaching their goal."

            Dr. James G. Pesek, dean of the College of Business Administration, added "We applaud the commitment and effort that these students have made to successfully completing this program.  What is remarkable about the Venango Campus cohort is that every student who completed the first MBA course offered in fall 2007 stayed with the program through its conclusion this semester."

            The Clarion University Master of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB International, the premier international accrediting agency for university schools of business.

            Graduates of the program are Sue Bloom, Adam Cook, Tracy Coon, Walter Coxson, Matthew Hartzell, Charles Kimball, Debora Lutz, Denise McCloskey, Randy Seitz, Amanda Slider, Dan Twombly, Amy Uhler, and John Zacherl.

            Charles Kimball was presented the Venango Campus Cohort Outstanding MBA Student Award by Dr. Brenda Ponsford, the MBA Program Director.

            Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.   The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed.  Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses.  The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences.  Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

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