Success Stories

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 included current One Year MBA students Alexander Wilken, Jason Scarpa, Erika Penrose and William Lee Sanders. These graduate level competitions provide an opportunity for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems that cover the spectrum of business disciplines.

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.

Dr. Z. George Zhang, alum of the Professional MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, was recently promoted to Senior Director and General Manager of Valvoline China out of their Valvoline World Headquarters which is located in Lexington, Kentucky. George has been at Valvoline for almost 20 years and has used his MBA to continue to advance and lead for this industry leader. 

UK MBA alumni and University of Kentucky's College of Medicine fourth-year medical students, Kyle Taylor and Sean Butterbaugh, recently found out on Match Day where they will continue their medical education in their residency programs. Through the UK MBA program, Sean and Kyle now feel better prepared to pursue some of their professional career goals as physicians and future leaders in healthcare.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) has been a proud partner and employer of the University of Kentucky MBA program at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. With over 27,000 employees, including military, civilian and contractors, WPAFB is the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio with an economic impact of $4.2 billion per year. Over the years, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has consistently shared positive feedback on the value and skills that the UK MBA talent bring to their organization. 

The MBA program at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics increased their rankings by 22 and 44 spots in the recent 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools rankings report, which surveyed 475 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics and alum of the Professional MBA program at the University of Kentucky' Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been appointed to External Chief Medical Officer at UK HealthCare. In this new role, Dr. Steltenkamp will represent the voices of clinicians in strategy, outreach and communications; and will be responsible for developing and maintaining strategic clinical alliances with physicians and health care organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.