Success Stories

University of Kentucky MBA alumna Mary Beth Wright, Business Development Executive at Messer Construction Co. and Kimra Cole, President and Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Gas of Kentucky were recently recognized in The Lane Report's "Top Women in Business", which highlights women who are making an impact in business, their professions, politics and economic development. 

University of Kentucky MBA alum Jacob Schlarman is a Clinical Project Manager at CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services. Headquartered in Covington, Kentucky, CTI is a global, privately held, full-service contract research organization (CRO), delivering a complete spectrum of clinical trial and consulting services. As a Clinical Project Manager, Jacob is responsible for managing the client, scope, and functional team members (Biostatistics, Data Management, Monitoring, Regulatory, Safety, etc.) assigned to a clinical trial. 

University of Kentucky MBA alumna Taylor Corbett is now the VC-25B Interiors Program Manager for the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB). In this role, Taylor will be managing the colors, material finishes, and interior architecture of the new Air Force One. Taylor will be working on the team overseeing the inspection of raw materials, end-products, and rooms of the aircraft to ensure they meet "Presidential-Quality" standards by putting both her engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Kentucky to work. 

Dr. Paul Childs assumed the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs role at the Gatton College of Business and Economics on July 1st, 2019. Paul will help supervise and coordinate the administration, governance and growth of the graduate programs at Gatton, serve as an additional point of contact for graduate students and be a trusted liaison among the graduate students, faculty, staff and the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Paul will also serve as the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at Gatton. 

The University of Kentucky MBA program has announced four new members to their MBA Advisory Council representing Lexmark, UK Healthcare, LBX Company and Big Ass Fans. The UK MBA is privileged to welcome the following new members: Tari Young, Engineering Manager, Software and Firmware Development at Lexmark; J.J. Housley, Assistant Operations Executive at UK HealthCare; Joe O'Nan, Chief Financial Officer at LBX Company and Eric Evans, Chief Financial Officer at Big Ass Fans.

University of Kentucky MBA student, Karla Southworth has been named Project Director for the Electronic Health Record Implementation Project Team at UK HealthCare. Karla will be responsible for oversight of the project life cycle, day-to-day execution of the EHR Implementation Project, and communication of progress, key issues and risks, as well as other status updates to project governing bodies.

University of Kentucky MBA alum, Thomas Lefler is the Director of Absolute Return for Raytheon, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services.

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association recently announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors Officers, which included UK MBA alumna Taunya A. Phillips as President. Since its inception more than 125 years ago, the UK Alumni Association is a self-governed, nonprofit membership organization that serves the University of Kentucky and its many alumni, students, parents and friends across the Commonwealth and beyond.

The University of Kentucky's One Year MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics is excited to announce the official 2019/20 Project Connect internship companies and corporate sponsors which will include Ale-8-One Bottling Company, Alltech, Big Ass Fans, Brown-Forman, Bullard, Cintas, GE Appliances, God's Pantry Food Bank, Neogen, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, Tempur Sealy International, Thynk Health, UK Healthcare and Valvoline. Project Connect is a unique internship experience with Gatton's full-time One Year MBA program.

University of Kentucky MBA alum Brian Barr is literally bringing smiles to all over the world as the Global Operations Manager at SmileDirectClub where "everyone deserves a smile they love." Founded in 2014 and headquarters located in Nashville, TN, they are the first digital brand for straightening a smile and are bringing disruptive change to the invisible aligner market. As a result, they're helping customers avoid office visits and cutting costs and saving money for a much better smile to approximately 600,000 customers worldwide.