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Alumnus Returns to Otterbein as New MBA Director

October 15, 2013

Westerville, OH – Otterbein University recently named Eric Lloyd the new director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Lloyd earned his MBA from Otterbein in 2002.

“I came home because I know first-hand how beneficial the Otterbein MBA program is. I was humbled to be considered as the MBA director. As a member of the Alumni Advisory Council, I would offer ideas and now, I am excited to have the opportunity to help grow this great program,” Lloyd said.

“Eric brings to the position an energy to connect the program more directly with central Ohio businesses,” said Barbara Schaffner, dean of The Graduate School. “He has professional experience that will ensure our programs and curriculum remain current and meet changing needs of business and industry. His knowledge of Otterbein will allow him to instantly translate the strengths of our MBA program into meeting the needs of future students.”

Lloyd previously served as director of marketing and member relations for American Municipal Power, a non-profit utility company providing electricity to 128 municipalities in seven states, and was employed by Varo Engineers in a marketing-business development and project/process management capacity. Prior to entering the engineering and utilities industry, he spent several years as a process management and strategic business consultant for Nationwide Insurance.

Otterbein’s liberal arts tradition helps embed its MBA students with holistic thinking that begins with the first class and culminates with the final Capstone consulting experience with a local business. Many Capstone project clients laud the Otterbein MBA students for their capacity to understand a problem, approach it from multiple angles and present solutions that the company can implement—all in only 15 weeks.

According to Lloyd, MBA students typically look for a program that can help them advance in their careers or position themselves for new careers. The number of MBA programs in central Ohio has grown since Otterbein’s started in 1997, and Lloyd is certain that Otterbein’s program will remain outstanding because of its unique project focus.

“During our program, students learn something one night and can apply it at work the next day,” he said. “Giving our students knowledge and skills they can readily use is a strength of our program, and one that keeps it at the forefront with the competition.”

Alumni and prospective students are encouraged to join the Otterbein University MBA LinkedIn group, like The Graduate School Facebook page or contact Lloyd at 614-823-1445 or elloyd@otterbein.edu.

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