The GSU Doctor of Business Administration (DBA program) officially turned 10 years old this semester. The anniversary was celebrated in style with alumni, students, professors, and staff.
The two-day celebration kicked off with a Center for Engaged Business Research (CEBR) Workshop with alumni CEBR Research Associates presenting current research projects and publication proposals for feedback. CEBR is a research center established by the Doctor of Business Administration program to support alumni, post-graduation, through workshops, networking, and continued University Library access.
The workshop ended with a reception, followed by alumni reunions, coordinated by the individual cohorts.
Second day panel sessions were chaired by faculty with alumni participants sharing perspectives and insights on various topics relevant to DBA program graduates; blockchain, becoming a professor, consulting practices, evidence-based management, improving your business, and publishing in book format. The significance of the panel discussions was the celebration of Doctor of Business alumni achievements and the exchange of knowledge and practice between both alumni and current students.
During lunch, Dr. Tim Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success at GSU, presented about leading the GSU Student Success Program, a predictive analytics student success and advising program that has become a national model for student success. This engaged scholarship, research to practice, aspect of the student success programs are particularly significant to DBA programs and practitioner-scholar research.
The final panel included Dean Phillips, Dr. Arun Rai, Dr. Mark Keil, and Dr. Lars Mathiassen who discussed the next 10 years for Robinson College of Business, the DBA Program, and practitioner-scholar research.
Finally, participants enjoyed drinks and dinner at The Westin-Buckhead with welcoming remarks from Dean Phillips and former DBA Program Director, Maury Kalnitz.