Success Stories

University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is launching their highly anticipated Real-Time, Online MBA option starting Fall 2019. This new online option will be available in the existing Professional MBA, Professional MBA (For Leaders in Healthcare) and applicable dual degree programs. Geared towards working professionals and industry leaders, the option offers candidates the opportunity to attend classes in person, online from any location, or a combination of both.

For innovative data analytics and marketing companies, like 84.51°, it's increasingly more important to determine a candidate's practical approach to problem-solving. They have adopted "case-interviewing" in their interviews whereby the applicant is presented with a challenging business scenario that he/she must investigate and propose a solution. One Year MBA student Erika Penrose, who will be starting with 84.51° after she graduates, reflects on her interview preparation along with her positive experiences in the UK MBA program. 

University of Kentucky MBA and UK Football alumnus Edward "Ed" Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Today, Ed can be found as an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), traveling across the country to represent his clients and building professional relationships such Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Zachary "Zach" Cain, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is Senior Marketing Analyst of Market Intelligence at UPS in Atlanta, GA which is their headquarters for this global leader in logistics. Zach actually started as a Package Handler during his senior year at Cairn University where he was finishing up his Bachelor's of Science degree in Theology. Within 3 weeks of working at UPS, Zach was quickly identified as a high performer and was recommended for a promotion, however Zach knew he still needed to obtain additional skills in order to grow long term.

Victoria Russell, alum of the MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is the current Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Papa John's International, Inc. and has been with Papa John's for almost 13 years. She was recently spotlighted in the "Business Women First: Woman Making a Difference" by Louisville Business First. Papa John’s diversity and inclusion efforts will be crucial to the future success of the brand and Victoria (and her team) are ready for the challenge.

Laura Boison, alum of the MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2019 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award by Women Leading Kentucky. In 1999, the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award was created and presented to former Governor Collins for her contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its people. This award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community and professional lives.

Blair Kisker, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is the Controller at FC Cincinnati, the newest expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS). After the popularity of the recent World Cup, soccer has become one of the fastest growing sports in the US with the average MLS game attendance being over 22,000 people. Growing up both in Cincinnati and being a huge fan of soccer, working now at FC Cincinnati is a perfect dream opportunity for Blair.

Kevin Salandanan, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been recently promoted to Energy Investment Analyst at J.P. Morgan, a global leader in financial services offering solutions to the world's most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries.

The UK MBA case team placed 2nd in the recent 7th Annual SEC MBA Case Competition which is an opportunity for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems.

Mousa Ackall, alum of the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, is now the Director of Marketing at Knotel at their headquarters in New York City, New York. Knotel is an office space platform that designs, builds, and operates branded spaces for established and growing brands. With his MBA from Gatton, Mousa's career continues to advance and lead in the field of marketing.