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Nov. 16 , 2005
CONTACT: Ron Podell
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EMU, MASCO mark fifth graduation

YPSILANTI - Nineteen MASCO employees who earned their MBA from Eastern Michigan University will be honored in a graduation ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m., in Pease Auditorium.

            Participants in the MBA program take approximately 58 credits over a three-year period at MASCO’s facility in Metamora, near Flint. The MASCO employees, or students, are taught by faculty from EMU’s College of Business, who commute to the Metamora site for two weeks of face-to-face coursework. The students typically take three classes per semester and some of the coursework is done online.

“This is their fifth graduating cohort,” Leighanne Denja, EMU-MASCO MBA liaison and a visiting adjunct professor in EMU’s Department of Management, said of the company, which is headquartered in Taylor. “The first cohort started in fall 1997 and the first class of students graduated in 2000. With this year’s class, the total of (MASCO) MBA graduates in five years is 116.”

            “From our perspective as a college, the partnership with MASCO has been very positive for us,” said Denise Tanguay, associate dean in EMU’s College of Business and a professor of management. “The program has given our faculty a premiere program to teach.”

            A number of MASCO MBA graduates have been promoted over time, with one graduate from the first cohort eventually becoming a group president at MASCO, Tanguay said.

            “We feel that these people (MASCO employees) do very well in their business life. What they are able to do (with this degree) is round themselves out,” said Donna Santo, manager of MASCO University. “Rather than being an analyst, accountant or controller, they begin to see how everything works together. EMU has taken this into account and is very aware of the MASCO model.”

            The company selects the candidates, described by Santo as “high potential and high performance,” to participate in the MBA program.

MASCO has 60 companies and approximately 62,000 employees, according to its Web page.

   For more information, contact Leighanne Denja at 734.487.3566.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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