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pellegrini_ekin_201808_0303C.jpgEkin Pellegrini elected president of Executive DBA Council

2023 –  Pellegrini is the founding director of UMSL's DBA Program and also serves as associate dean of graduate business programs

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Salute to Business AchievementUMSL College of Business taps DBA alumnus, Dr. Scott Morris, to lead the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center

2023 –  The University of Missouri–St. Louis is expanding its entrepreneurship program with the launch of the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.

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Salute to Business AchievementUMSL celebrates 5 alumni at annual Salute to Business Achievement Awards

2022 –  Friends, family members and fellow alumni of the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Business Administration gathered last Thursday to honor five UMSL graduates with Salute to Business Achievement Awards.

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Image of the DBA class of 2020CEO Magazine ranks UMSL's DBA program among world's best for fifth straight year

2022 – CEO Magazine listed the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis as one of the premiere DBA programs in the world for the fifth straight year. UMSL's program was among 36 in North America included on its 2022 Global DBA Listing. The rankings are based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing .

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DBA students Emily Lane, Matthew Aplin-HoutzDBA students Emily Lane, Matthew Aplin-Houtz win recognition for paper highlighting communication challenges in remote work

2021 – The two first-year students in the Doctor of Business Administration Program  at the University of Missouri–St. Louis had just learned they’d received the Best Paper Award at the annual conference, put on by the Executive DBA Council . The conference, marking its 11th year, provides a venue for management practitioner scholars and DBA students to meet and share research findings.

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Dr. Christine HoltUniversity of Missouri Chief of Staff recommended for next Chancellor at UA Hope-Texarkana

2021 – University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt has chosen the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. Dr. Bobbitt recently recommended Christine Holt, D.B.A., J.D., who is currently serving as chief of staff for the University of Missouri System. Dr. Holt is expected to begin her new role on September 1.

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Dr. James JordanDoctor of Business Administration research puts alumnus James E. Jordan Jr. on path to senior leadership at USDA

2021 – The day before James E. Jordan Jr. received his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, he was notified by his employer of almost two decades that he was chosen to lead a newly created division. For Jordan, being named the director of the Program Assistance Division at Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture was affirmation that his research and hard work to earn a DBA had made a positive impact on his career.

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toxic-leadership.jpgToxic Leadership: Tales of Transformation

2021 – This podcast is all about how leaders, organizations, and companies can improve their leadership and practices that lead to organizational success. As an Executive Coach, Dr. Kevin Sansberry has coached and mentored individuals, teams and organizations for over a decade and brings his wealth of experience and research focused on toxic leadership, coping and organizational culture.

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DBA students Robert Barclay, James Jordan Jr. and James Xu DBA students Robert Barclay, James Jordan Jr. and James Xu explore solutions to real-world business problems

2020 – One weekend a month, students in the University of Missouri–St. Louis Doctor of Business Administration Program connect with cohort members commuting to UMSL from all over the U.S. and Canada. They share insights, talk through problems and arrive at solutions together under the guidance of highly skilled professors.

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image of father and son, the Pang familyA new family tradition: The Pangs make up two generations of lifelong learners in the DBA program

2020 – Kei Pang was at the apex of his career in 2018.

He'd served as chief executive officer of the multibillion-dollar electric motor manufacturer Nidec Motor Company since 2013. Prior to that, he'd earned a BS in materials engineering from the University of London then his MBA from the University of Michigan before rising through the ranks at Emerson Electric Company and Nidec, holding august titles such as president, chief operating officer and vice chairman along the way.

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Dr. Rodney Carmack

Rodney Carmack honors family legacy by earning a DBA

2020 – Around a century ago, Dunklin County, Missouri, had few doctors and a lot of area to cover, with mostly dirt roads, so midwives usually delivered babies.

Rodney Carmack’s grandmother served as a midwife and would often take her young son, William Quentin Carmack, with her when she visited patients. Over time, people began referring to the child as the “little doc.”

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DBA candidate Kevin Sansberry II examines connection between abusive supervision and workplace facades

2020 – With the onset of COVID-19, masks have become a necessity for running errands, attending in-person classes and enjoying a night out.

But even before they became a staple of everyday life, Kevin Sansberry II  was already researching masks – though not the physical kind.

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What a DBA Degree Is and Why You Might Want One

2020 – Business Professionals who earned an MBA degree, or a Master of Business Administration, occasionally decide to pursue further education in their field through a DBA degree. A Doctor of Business Administration program allows them to gain greater expertise in business.

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Ekin Pellegrini represents UMSL DBA program on Executive DBA Council board

2019 – Most days, the U.S. Bank Executive Education Room in Anheuser-Busch Hall is quiet, the large screen and empty chairs only hinting at the innovative ideas produced there. On select weekends, though, it comes alive when top executives from across the country converge to create research that’s making the business world take notice.

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The advantages of obtaining a Doctor of Business Administration

2019 – If you would like to go into business and want to obtain one of the most advanced degrees available, a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration degree) can equip you with the right tools and skills needed to succeed. Pursuing an advanced degree will bring tons of benefits, such as opening more doors for a leadership role in the business world. To learn more, here we have outlined eight reasons why you should pursue a DBA degree.

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Annual DBA Newsletter (Inaugural Issue)

2019 – Experience UMSL DBA through videos, pictures, and articles highlighted in the Annual DBA Newsletter.


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Leaping From the Office to Academia

2019 – In the winter 1998 semester, I was a fledgling accountant sitting through Intermediate Accounting's hallmark review of double-entry bookkeeping. I didn't know I would subsequently navigate my accounting coursework, surpass the Uniform CPA Examination hurdle, and enjoy a successful public accounting career.


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Redefining “Balance”: My Journey to Equilibrium

2019 – What if I told you that my goal for work-life balance was over? In America, we have a constant tension between balancing all of the demands that are placed on us at work, with family, with our social lives and for some, at school.


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CEO Magazine - The UMSL DBA: Learning Without Limits

2019 – What prompted the University of Missouri-St. Louis [UMSL] to roll out a DBA programme?

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DBA Program ranked among best in the world by CEO Magazine

2019 – For the second straight year, the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis earned a top global ranking from CEO Magazine.

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UMSL’s 2018 DBA cohort

Acclaimed DBA program transforming business leaders into practitioner-scholars

2018 – UMSL’s DBA program focuses on the application of theory paired with a deep exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Courses are structured over a three-year period through online learning and a two-day residency each month.

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What's behind the highest degrees of executive leadership? Evidence-based decision-making

2018 –  These cutting-edge programs are loaded with quantitative and qualitative research-methods courses, the subject area most stu­dents want more experience in.

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Alumnus Don Mueth

Alumnus Don Mueth returns to UMSL 33 years later as member of inaugural DBA cohort

2018 – Don Mueth, who has spent the past 17 years as the chief operating officer for Asset Consulting Group, returned to the classroom in December as a candidate in UMSL’s Doctor of Business Administration program.

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UMSL's new DBA Program ranked in top 22 worldwide by CEO Magazine

2018 – Within the first year of its launch, the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis already ranks among the best in the world.

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The Case for Doctoral Reform

2016 – Why it’s time for business schools to radically reconsider their PhD model. The BBA and MBA are remarkably different degrees than they were just a few decades ago. The reason? Business schools have made a deliberate and collective effort to revise core curricula, set learning objectives, and update their technology and pedagogy to suit the modern business climate.

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Amidst MBA Inflation, Executives Recommend Business Doctorates

2012 – Some say that business-related PhD's and DBA’s provide the exclusivity MBA’s once offered. Once an exclusive credential that signified C-suite executive material, MBA’s are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, which may dilute their quality, according to some executives.

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