Nine students from Northern Kentucky and one from Indiana are enrolled in the first cohort of Xavier's Northern Kentucky MBA program. They will spend 24 months taking 18 classes. They represent Procter and Gamble, Sunny Delight Beverages Co., the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, GE Aviation, Hydro Systems Co., Hill-Rom, and Fidelity Investments.
Xavier University's Northern Kentucky MBA location occupies a 5,700 square foot space on the third floor of the Columbia Executive Center at 207 Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell. As with Xavier's other off-site MBA locations in West Chester and Deerfield, professors come from the main campus in Evanston to the site in the evenings to teach and meet with students. Classes began July 5 and meet two nights a week in a cohort format, meaning the students go through the entire progression of courses as a group.
Nikki Boden earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky and is a transportation engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. She and her husband Brent live in Florence with their dog Murphy. She believes an MBA will offer her more opportunities.
“So far classes are going great,” Boden says. “It has been an adjustment carving out time for studying and homework but I'm seeing all this material for the first time. What I’m learning in class is letting me see things from an entirely new perspective.”
Gita Huntington, also of Florence, earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Business Process Management and Operations Management. She works for Hydro Systems in Newtown, OH as a buyer/planner.
Both students agree that the cohort format helps with time management and allows students to really get to know one another throughout the program. The location is also a time convenience.
In addition to work and classes, Boden is involved with the Tri-State Southern Ohio Chapter of Leukemia Lymphoma Society and participate in Team in Training events such as last spring’s Flying Pig Marathon. She also coaches a U-8 co-ed soccer team with her dad and her brother, Chris and Sean Molleson.
“The KY location is very convenient because it’s close to both work and home,” Boden says. “I’d been thinking for a while about going back to school for my MBA and when Xavier opened the new NKY location it made my decision that much easier.”
“Having an MBA degree is one of my personal goals,” adds Huntington. “I think it is good to have a feeling of accomplishment in your life and career.”
"The decision to open a satellite campus in Northern Kentucky is a direct reflection on the growth and success of Northern Kentucky," says Jen Bush, assistant dean for graduate programs at Xavier's Williams College of Business. "Northern Kentucky is home to many successful businesses, and has a thriving population which supports them. Xavier's Northern Kentucky campus is a win-win situation that creates a strong partnership with a critical role in the continued and future success of the area."