Executives from across U.S., Mexico join
OSU’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives

by Terry Tush 
(January 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm)
PhD in Business-cohort 4

The fourth cohort in the Spears School’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives program includes participants from nine states and two from Mexico.

Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow after graduating its inaugural class of participants in December. The fourth class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives in the Watson Graduate School of Management features 13 participants from the United States and Mexico.

The three-year doctoral program in OSU’s Spears School of Business kicked off Jan. 15-17 with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The fourth cohort joins 24 participants from across the world already taking part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.

“We are very excited to welcome our fourth cohort to the Ph.D. for Executives program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “This program has proven to be very popular with executives as it has built a reputation as a rigorous and high-quality program. We look forward to what this new cohort can accomplish as they help build the legacy of the program.”

Executives from the fourth cohort participating are (listed alphabetically):

  • Sherif Ebrahim, Managing Partner, SMG Capital
  • Matthew Kolakowski, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, United States Army
  • Bhargava Konkayala, Manager, Statistical Programming, UCB Bioscience Inc.
  • Victor Moore Jr., Executive Director, Progressive Care Services
  • Joseph Nketia, Fund Reporting Manager, Fidelity Investments
  • Janice Pittman. Senior Manager, Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Angela Reddix, President and CEO, A. Reddix & Associates, Inc.
  • Chadwick Reese, Chief Executive Officer, Chatham Area Transit Authority
  • Russell Rhoads, Senior Instructor, The Options Institute – Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Daniela Ruiz-Massieu, Director, Undergraduate Business Programs, ITAM
  • Edward Scott, Professor, Point Park University
  • Carlos Arturo Serna-Garcini, Administrative Director, Excel Technical Services
  • Jim Utley, Director of Technical Services, Niagara Bottling

The fourth cohort includes chief executive officers, executive directors, managing partners, chief operating officers and managers from well-known and respected companies across the U.S. and Mexico. The program consists of individuals representing Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Two participants are from Mexico.

“We are really pleased to be welcoming this cohort. It is diverse in backgrounds and interests. We are also pleased to have two students joining us from Mexico in this cohort,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean for the Spears School and director of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program. “We are excited to have graduated many members of the first cohort in December 2014 with a Ph.D. degree. Continued and growing interest in our program is truly heartening.”

The first 11 graduates from the program were recognized Dec. 12 during OSU Graduate College commencement exercises. They are:

  • David Altounian, Austin, Texas
  • Scott Anderson, Guymon, Oklahoma
  • Tom Bennett Jr., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Fred Cleveland, Calgary, Canada
  • Durand Crosby, Oklahoma City
  • Warren Dyer, Edmonton, Canada
  • Toby Joplin, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Patti Jordan, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Philip McMahan, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Dessie Nash, Dallas, Texas
  • Tom Totten, Indianapolis, Indiana

For more information or to explore how to become a member of the 2016 class, go to the Ph.D. in Business for Executives website: http://phdexec.okstate.edu.