|Aga Brown||Carnegie Mellon University||Tesla|
|Albert Acevedo||Drexel University||Bridgestone Americas|
|Amanda Iverson||University of Wisconsin||Pinnacle Plan Design|
|Andrew Spradlin||University of Florida||Microsoft|
|April R. Wisebaker||Syracuse University||Schlumberger Oilfield Services|
|Brian Joiner||Georgia Southern University||Synovus|
|Christal Desmarais||Northeastern University||Dell|
|Christopher Ott||Arizona State||Amazon|
|Dan Zanghi||Lehigh University||The Hershey Company|
|David Campos||Syracuse University||Garlock Sealing Technologies|
If you’re one of the few people who still has doubts about the merits of an online MBA program, thousands of graduates around the world are proving that an online program is just as valuable as an on-campus program. To highlight the accomplishments of these online MBA graduates, Poets & Quants has published 2018’s Best & Brightest Online MBAs, calling them “this year’s most exceptional online MBA graduates.” Among the chosen 40, are graduates from top business schools such as University of Maryland (Smith School of Business), Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School), Indiana University (Kelley School), University of Florida (Hough), and University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler).
According to Forbes, the students, ranging in age from 25 to 57, were selected by their schools based on areas such as “strong academic performance, critical and consistent contributions, striking personal narrative, and innate potential.” So it’s not surprising that the list includes a U.S. Congresswoman (and potential Senator), an orthopedic surgeon, a senior analyst at Tesla, and the head of channel sales for McAfee. It even includes a health care advocate, appointed by former President Barack Obama to the Department of Health and Human Services to lead a 38-member team in the public affairs efforts on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. And that’s just the beginning.
Other online MBA graduates on the list have landed positions at some of the world’s largest companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Nike, Sapient Consulting, PNC Financial Services Group, Deloitte Consulting, Dell, Nintendo, Mayo Clinic, and many others. Let’s take a look at the complete list of 2018’s Best & Brightest Online MBAs.
- Aga Brown, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Tesla
- Albert Acevedo, Drexel University (LeBow), Bridgestone Americas
- Amanda Iverson, University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Pinnacle Plan Design
- Andrew Spradlin, University of Florida (Hough), Microsoft
- April R. Wisebaker, Syracuse University (Whitman), Schlumberger Oilfield Services
- Brian Joiner, Georgia Southern University, Synovus
- Christal Desmarais, Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim), Dell
- Christopher Ott, Arizona State (W. P. Carey), Amazon
- Dan Zanghi, Lehigh University, The Hershey Company
- David Campos, Syracuse University (Whitman), Garlock Sealing Technologies
- Diana Miako Aguon Hock, University of Florida (Hough), Wyndham Vacation Ownership
- Dolly Yuen, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), Morgan Stanley
- Eric Scheib, Auburn University (Harbert), PNC Financial Services Group
- George L. Vann, Jr., Georgia Southern University, WR Grace
- Gordon I. Groh, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), Mission Health
- Grant Small, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Nike
- James P. McNally, Lehigh University, Toa Reinsurance Company of America
- Jason Young, University of Maryland (Smith), AARP, Appointed by Barack Obama to HHS
- Joe Fernandez Jr., Ohio University, Sherwin Williams Company
- Katie Breidenbach, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), Sapient Consulting
- Katie Cockrell, USC (Marshall), MRM//McCann
- Kenneth A. McCray, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), McAfee
- Kevin Flint, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T)
- Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona State (W. P. Carey), U.S. Congress (Representative / 9th District)
- Mario Henrique Brilhante, Ohio University, Microsoft
- Mark Wehde, University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Mayo Clinic
- Matt Dodaro, Indiana University (Kelley), Snapsheet
- Megan Broccard, Auburn University (Harbert), Deloitte Consulting
- Michelle Niblock, Indiana University (Kelley), OLIVER Agency
- Nicki Vo, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Hydrite
- Nidhi Modh, USC (Marshall), Dell Technologies
- Omotara A. Adewakun, Drexel University (LeBow), Siemens Healthineers USA
- Peter Demas Bravos, M.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Isenberg), Sutter North Medical Group
- Sako Eaton, Northeastern University (D’Amore-McKim), Nintendo
- Taylor Meyer, University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), Hyperspace Ventures
- Thanos Patsos, Warwick Business School (WBS), ENGIE
- Tim Miller, Ohio University, Triumvirate Environmental
- Tracy Farrell, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Undecided
- Vinathi Vemuleti, Indiana University (Kelley), Wal-Mart
- Zaneta Purvis, University of Maryland (Smith), Grant Thornton
The Best & Brightest online MBA graduates for 2018 represent 19 of the highest-ranked online MBA programs in the U.S.
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Byrne, John. “You'll Be Surprised By These Online MBA Graduates.” Forbes. Forbes Media LLC., 06 June 2018. Web. 19 July 2018.
Schmitt, Jeff. “Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Class of 2018.” Poets & Quants. Poets & Quants, Inc., 06 June 2018. Web. 19 July 2018.