dream of MBA degree
just want to thank my wife, children, family and friends who patiently
endured through all that time I spent on the computer or with my head
buried in a book," said Greg Taylor.
Taylor, a Dublin
resident, recently received his Master's
of Business Administration degree from UNC Pembroke.
It was a long three-and-a-half
years of night classes and weekends studying. Taylor already had a busy
schedule as director of the eight-county Small
Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and an elected
member of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. Even so, he managed
to graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, something that does
not happen very often in UNCP's MBA program.
"I had to drop
a class during my last bid for reelection," Taylor admitted. "But
I took three classes in my last semester to make up for it."
For Taylor, the
business professional, an MBA is a valuable asset.
MBA is a plus in so many ways as a business professional," he said.
"UNCP's MBA program is designed for business professionals, so
it is challenging and rewarding. I learned a lot that I can use to help
The SBTDC, funded
by the University of North Carolina, consults with new and expanding
businesses, which seek a variety of services, including business plans,
loan packages, government contracts, market research and strategic planning.
For Taylor, the
individual , an MBA is the realization of a long-held dream.
"I looked into
MBA programs 10-12 years ago," he said. "When you get older
and have children and other responsibilities, it can be difficult."
A job with the SBTDC
in Pembroke provided the opportunity. Even after a promotion to director
took him to the regional headquarters at Fayetteville State University,
he continued in the program at UNCP Taylor said he got lots of help
along the way.
"I would like
to thank MBA Director Sharon Bell and my professors," he said.
"The program has a lot of professors who are very helpful and understanding
of the challenges facing today's working professionals."
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