TU, UB announce program director for new collaborative MBA
Program director to report to associate deans at TU, UB
TOWSON, Md. (August 5, 2006)—Ron Desi, a former project manager for two leading high-tech companies in metropolitan Baltimore, has joined Towson University’s College of Business and Economics and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business in a shared appointment as program director for the new joint MBA program recently announced by both institutions. Desi, (pictured, left) who also has taught management and information technology courses at the MBA level, started in his new position earlier this month.
TU and UB officials said that Desi’s strong connections to the Baltimore business community will take the joint MBA program to a level of regional prominence. The program, which will begin this fall, offers a “best of both worlds” approach to what remains one of the most highly sought after degrees in graduate education. Convenient locations for classes, extensive program options, some of the best business professors in the mid- Atlantic and the two institution’s AACSB International accreditation are all part of this unique collaboration.
Shohreh Kaynama, dean of Towson University’s College of Business and Economics, said, "I am confident that under Ron's leadership, the UB-TU joint MBA program will become a major driver in the economic development of the region. He has the necessary skill sets and competencies to turn our program into a national model and a success story."
“Ron is ideally suited for this position, because of his close familiarity with the Baltimore business community and his experience in delivering a quality MBA,” said Susan Zacur, dean of the Merrick School of Business. “He will be in a position to lead our program and introduce it to a wide variety of audiences, and we look forward to seeing the program quickly reach its potential in this market where there is significant demand for an affordable, accessible MBA”
Desi will have offices at both UB and TU, and will represent the joint program to its constituents, overseeing admissions and advising students, coordinating activities and handling marketing opportunities. He will report to associate deans at both universities.
Prior to his arrival, Desi served as a project manager at Sogeti, a Baltimore-based investment firm. While there, he negotiated contracts, managed various system implementation products and developed new tools for resolving high-tech issues.
Desi also taught at Loyola College in Maryland, where he led graduate and undergraduate courses in a variety of areas including project management, technology and Internet application design.
Desi earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in management from Loyola in 1999, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the same institution in 1995.
Towson University and the University of Baltimore are members of the University System of Maryland.