Northern Kentucky students make up the first cohort for Xavier's new MBA program across the river

| November 21, 2011

Nine students from Northern Kentucky and one from Indiana have enrolled as the first cohort of Xavier's new satellite MBA program in Northern Kentucky. The program consists of 18 courses taught over 24 months. Students represent numerous local businesses including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Procter & Gamble and GE Aviation.

The new location occupies 5,700 square feet 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 in Ohio, professors from the main campus come to the new location to teach the evening classes 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 lives in Florence and believes an MBA offers 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 business degree from Indiana University and  works for Hydro Systems in Newtown, Ohio, as a buyer/planner.

Both students agree that the cohort format helps with time management and allows students to get to know one another throughout the program. The location is also a big plus.

“The Kentucky 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 Northern Kentucky 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."