MBA Advisory Council
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 24,
2003) - Florida Southern College has formed an MBA Advisory Council
in support of the college's long-standing Master of Business Administration
program in Lakeland and its recent expansion to the Orlando campus.
The council seeks to promote the reputation of the program and strengthen
the link between the college and the business community.
"The MBA advisory council is a long overdue effort to harness the
incredible talent, intelligence, and energy that is represented
in the alumni of FSC's MBA program," said Dr. Lawrence E. Ross,
associate professor of business administration. Ross says the council
will help to raise the awareness of the MBA degree program at FSC,
promote its reputation for excellence, and work to insure that incoming
and currently enrolled candidates have a resource and a network
that they can rely upon. "We are very proud of the group that has
joined us for the initial effort in carrying out the council's mission,"
Council officers, all Florida Southern MBA alumni, were elected
at a meeting on Jan. 14, and include: president - Frank Catanzarite,
a 1985 graduate and president and owner of Southbound Trading Company,
Inc.; vice president - Beth Perry Becker, a 1988 graduate, retired
from Summit Consulting; secretary - Angela Cowden, a 1989 graduate
and assistant state attorney, State of Florida. The council will
meet three times a year and plans to host social events through
the FSC Alumni Association for MBA graduates and candidates.
The council is a diverse group, according to Catanzarite, "Our members
come from different industries and backgrounds with graduation dates
from some of the first years of the program through as recently
as last year," he said. "We feel there are some untapped opportunities
to differentiate the program at FSC as a professional MBA program
as opposed to the classic and executive MBA programs of other institutions."
Cowden, who teaches business courses at FSC, believes it will be
up to the members to make the council successful. "We all see this
as a working council, and those of us who are members will be both
decision-makers and work-horses," she said. "Hopefully our faces
will become familiar to the students and they will see us as friends
Other members of the council, their MBA graduation year and employer
are listed below.
Michael Andreski, 1993, Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Melanie Burns, 1997, Florida Citrus Mutual
Kurt Elmhorst, 2002, Sun Trust Bank
Virginia Clemons Harris, 1996, CPA
Butch Rahman, 1992, Wachovia Bank
William Stewart, 1984, CF Industries
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.