As Eric Lloyd sees it, Otterbein’s MBA program
offers something that runs deeper than courses in finance, marketing, management, information technology and other business staples.
“People find a purpose here,” he says “whether it’s starting a new career, building a better work-life balance or developing the ability to become a CEO. They learn the management piece, but their classes also help make them a better person.”
Lloyd knows that from first-hand experience as a 2002 graduate of the MBA program
. It was a big factor in his decision to leave the corporate world to become the university’s MBA director in September 2013.
“I was asked to run a program that I believe in at a university I love,” he says. “I also like the fact that running an MBA program is a lot like running a business. You’re responsible for increasing revenue and managing expenses, you're selling a great product, and it's truly about the success and satisfaction of your customers - the students.”
Lloyd is convinced Otterbein gets it right in the crowded MBA marketplace when it comes to serving students.
“Our program provides a smarter way to learn,” he says. “Students leave our program thinking and working in ways that will advance their careers.”
Part of that, Lloyd says, is students benefit from personalized instruction provided by full-time business professors who are experts in their fields and adjunct faculty members engaged as CEOs, attorneys, entrepreneurs and in other key positions in the corporate world. That’s where Lloyd honed his business skills, first as an electrical engineer and later in management positions with Nationwide Insurance, legendary marketing agency Resource Interactive, energy co-op American Municipal Power Inc., and Bluewolf Inc., a leading-edge global business consulting firm.
He also likes that Otterbein’s MBA class sizes are small – a 12-to-1 student-to-
faculty ratio – allowing for interaction with professors and fellow students in on-
site classes, a cornerstone of an Otterbein education. Students have flexibility to structure their coursework to fit their needs and busy work schedules. Finally, all MBA students complete their education with a 15-week capstone course in which they collaborate with classmates on real-life projects that help solve problems for companies and nonprofits.
Such hands-on learning readily transfers to the workplace and is at the core of an MBA
education at Otterbein.
“When I was in school,” Lloyd says, “we learned something one night and we were able to apply it at work the next day. It’s still very much that way here. The strength of our program is giving students the knowledge and skills they can use to excel. It keeps us at the forefront of competition.”