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Release: Feb. 4, 2002

UI Executive MBA program to be offered in Des Moines

Photo: Don Szeszycki, UI associate provost, teaches a class at the Junior Achievement Krause Center, in Des Moines. Classes for the UI's new Executive MBA program will begin at the Center in August.

The Henry B. Tippie School of Management will expand its new Executive MBA program to Des Moines this fall, offering management education to rising executives.

The Tippie School will offer the 21-month program starting in August at its recently constructed executive classroom at the Junior Achievement Krause Center, 6100 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

John Fraser, director of the Executive MBA Program, expects approximately 40 to 45 students to enroll in the program – mostly from the greater Des Moines area, possibly from as far as eastern Nebraska, northwest Iowa, and northern Missouri. The eight-week classes will meet weekly on alternating Fridays and Saturdays; students will take two courses during the eight-week term.

"By expanding our executive program to the Des Moines area, we will be able to serve more individuals and businesses in central Iowa and beyond. We want to help managers advance to top-level positions in their companies," said Gary Fethke, dean of Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Students collaborate with the same group of colleagues throughout the Executive MBA program, so they share knowledge from many backgrounds and fields, such as finance, law, medicine and manufacturing.

"Students often come into the program with expertise in a particular functional area of business such as finance or accounting, but they leave with a broader perspective. They enhance their ability to analyze business situations critically, thinking strategically across the spectrum of business functions," Fraser said.

"I expected an outstanding program," states Michael Sherzan, an alumnus of the Executive MBA Program of 1999 and president/CEO of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corporation. "What I got was far more than I could have conceived. The Tippie EMBA Program helped me to develop the managerial skills to strategically plan for the growth of our organization."

The Tippie School has been offering classes in its Evening MBA Program at the Junior Achievement Krause Center, the Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative, and the Newton Polytechnic campus of the Des Moines Area Community College for several years, so the addition of the Executive MBA Program to the Des Moines area will provide additional educational opportunities for senior professionals. The newly constructed MBA facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a computer lab and program offices.

Fraser said the same professors who teach in the Executive MBA Program in Iowa City will travel to Des Moines to teach, giving students the benefit of first-rate faculty, current in management expertise, and renowned for their research.

"Students in the program learn how business functions come together to create growth, and, in the process, they learn how they can become effective leaders," Fraser said. "The program curriculum is also applicable to the students' daily business challenges. The information they get in class on Friday can be used in their jobs on Monday."

At the beginning of each fall semester, students will gather in Iowa City for a residency week that involves orientation, business simulation exercises and intense hands-on group projects. In the second year of the program, students travel to Latin America to study management in an international business setting.

For more information about fees and admission, contact Fraser at the Tippie School of Management, (319) 335-1039, 1 (800) MBA-IOWA, or Additional information is available on the Tippie Executive MBA website at