Saint Leo Welcomes First Group of Doctoral Students

January 04, 2014

Bottom row, left to right: Wayne Huggins, Savannah, GA; Jaylene Wright, Houston, TX; Shirley Bruno, Atlanta, GA; Keven Ricks, Chesapeake, VA; Eric Theodore, Dade City, FL; Joseph Capezza, Plant City, FL; Leslie Sukup, Medford, N.J.; Tammi-Lee Albert, Portland, ME; Melissa Jenner, Chesapeake, VA; Margaret Gary, Ocala, FL.

Second row, left to right: Michael Escudie, Tampa; Justin Strickland, Dallas, TX; Joshua Paul, Chattanooga, TN; Stephen Harbison, Lakeland, FL; John Simonof, Jacksonville, AR; Kevin Fox, Bristol, TN; Billie Jarrell, Falls Church, VA; Bill Delgrego, Dade City, FL; Patrick Harris, Atlanta, GA; Antonio Barrios Quinones, Virginia Beach, VA; Amber Loring, Clearwater, FL.

Top Row: Top administration for the Donald R. Tapia School of Business: Dr. Balbir Bal, associate dean; Dr. Michael Nastanski, dean; Dr. Lorrie McGovern, director, graduate studies in business.

Not shown: Student Anne Maddox, Belleair, FL, was unfortunately unavailable for the group photo.

Faculty and staff from Saint Leo University and the Donald R. Tapia School of Business welcomed 22 highly accomplished individuals into their first week of study for the university’s new Doctor of Business Administration degree.

The D.B.A. is the university’s first doctoral offering and stresses applied knowledge more than the Ph.D., which is also a terminal degree, but takes a more research-based approach. Designed with the needs of today’s mobile professionals in mind, the Saint Leo program meets the career needs of three groups: those who wish to teach business at the college or university level; business professionals who are transitioning to new career goals; and consultants and executives seeking advancement in their respective fields.

After the first week, students continue with online and interactive studies, and two additional holiday intersession weeks of study in upcoming years. The required dissertation follows. The coursework and dissertation will take three to four years to complete, depending on the student, though students are permitted to take a maximum of seven years.

The university will soon accept applications for a second cohort. More information is available here.