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Program Manager, Executive MBA 12/06/2023

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Executive MBA program news!

Starting in the Fall 2023 semester, the VCU Executive MBA program will change to a hybrid format of in-person and online class sessions.

Just as the program has been doing for many years, each semester will start with a three-day in-person immersion weekend. For the rest of the semester, EMBA students will attend the first class weekend of a month in-person on Friday and Saturday at the VCU School of Business. Friday classes will meet from 10 am to 6:15 pm, and Saturday classes will meet from 8 am to 4:15 pm. The second class weekend of the month, class sessions will meet on Saturday only, synchronously online, from 8 am to 2:15 pm. Students can attend Saturday online sessions at the VCU School of Business via their laptops if needed or if they want to. Food and drinks will be available.

The pandemic triggered the adoption of new technologies and work cultures, creating the opportunity to consider new ideas. We have surveyed students, alumni, prospects, and met with other MBA programs over the past two years to explore new format options. This research and exploration have led to the implementation of the hybrid format. We believe this schedule creates greater flexibility for students, taking advantage of online technology while embracing the importance of face-to-face learning and networking.

If you know of high-potential colleagues in your organization or network that could benefit and excel in the VCU Executive MBA Program, contact Bill Miller at [email protected].

You can see the new calendar here:


Another VCU School of Business Commencement!

Photos from VCU Executive MBA's post 10/17/2022

Great first day in Austin Texas for the EMBAC conference! Yes there is a industry association for MBA programs. Proud to represent VCU!

Timeline photos 08/29/2022

The VCU Executive MBA Orientation weekend is done. Three full days of team building and class sessions.

The First years did the ropes course, heard from alumni, started their TOPS document and RFP video project, begins their leadership training and worked on their presentation skills.

Second years did an offsite at Luck Stone’s HQ on leadership, started a creativity sprint, studied business models and began their startup project.

All in person.

Many thanks to the alumni, faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and AV aides that made this weekend work!


Dr. Tom Epperson is on day 2 for the class of 2024!


VCU Executive MBA class of 2024 first day in their program.


Getting ready for our alumni and current student social tonight!

Timeline photos 08/10/2022

Last call to RSVP! VCU School of Business weekend programs alums, current and incoming students are welcome! RSVP here


United States of America July 4, 2022


Visiting the Eastern Shore of Virginia today.

Photos from VCU Executive MBA's post 05/17/2022

The racially motivated violence in Buffalo and California this weekend is sickening and tragic. It has no place in our society. VCU mourns with the families of those killed, injured and traumatized by these depraved and senseless acts. As we pursue healing, we must also pursue an end to this plague of violence against human beings. Please visit for information about support services.

Timeline photos 05/04/2022

Only two remaining seats for the Weekend Format Corporate Finance Summer 2022 Concentration! Classes meet on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in the Capital Markets room in Snead Hall. Class times are Thursdays and Fridays 8 AM - 6:15 PM, Saturdays 8 AM - 2:15 PM. Tuition and Fees: $14,192 for 9 credit hours and inclusive of fees, parking, meals, and educational supplies. All classes are in-person.

The topics for the summer include:
Financial Analytics
a. Analyzing Financial Data
b. Machine Learning in Finance

a. Personal Financial Planning
b. Portfolio Construction
c. Derivatives

Capital Budgeting and Working Capital Management
a. Project and Investment Analysis
b. Proforma forecasting and Cash Management

a. Blockchain and Financial Transactions
b. Futures in FinTech

Investment Banking and Private Capital Markets
a. Mergers & Acquisitions
b. Capital Raising (Venture Capital, Public Offerings, Debt Financing)
c. Securitization
d. Valuing Closely-Held Firms

If you are interested, please contact Butch Sarma, Director, Weekend Programs at [email protected].

‘Shore U’ could be a game changer 05/02/2022

This summer, I'll be posting about developing a new university on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Me and my VCU colleague, Dr. Brittany Gracik, are trying to raise awareness for this idea. Obviously, we hope VCU leads on this new satellite campus near the NASA Wallops Island facility. This is based on a project we did last year, see

‘Shore U’ could be a game changer VCU Executive MBA students present a business plan to Gov. Ralph Northam on creating a four-year university on the Eastern Shore.

Photos from VCU Executive MBA's post 04/11/2022

Our 2nd year EMBA students are almost through the curriculum map! This Friday is the practice round for the Strategic Dilemma project. On Friday, April 22nd, all teams present to their clients. Then the EMBA program is complete for the class of 2022!


Meet the new Dean!

We’re pleased to announce that Naomi E. Boyd, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, effective July 1.

Boyd currently serves as associate dean for innovation, outreach and engagement and as chair, professor and the Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics Department of Finance at West Virginia University.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with the community of Richmond to empower the School of Business to take VCU’s explicit commitment of creativity and harness it to produce the next generation of business leaders who are good corporate citizens, well versed in emerging technologies, with strong entrepreneurial roots,” Boyd said. “Coming to VCU allows me to work with a brilliant team of faculty, staff, and students who are ready to create and broaden innovative programs and research to become leaders in the global marketplace.”

We’re looking forward to having you as part of the VCU family Dean Boyd, welcome!

Read more here:


Great to see!

Virginia Commonwealth University has recently been named as one of the top 100 universities for veterans by Military Times.

We are proud to serve our who have served us.


More on this…

Hoping to repair the Eastern Shore’s economy, residents of the area came together in 2019 to establish a nonprofit organization, the University of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Foundation. The nonprofit would serve to support and promote the plans of a four-year university in the area.

The VCU School of Business was eager to help. For their Strategic Dilemma project, a group of second-year Executive MBA students came up with a business plan. The team, comprised of Nicole McMullin, William Nicoll, Kate Lee, Tanner Clements, Jin-Li Richardson, and Seth Roby, learned that the Eastern Shore is a place like no other. Its location would be an invaluable resource for a college student studying the environmental sciences.

The team presented their findings to Governor Ralph Northam on June 4. “As a native of the Eastern Shore and a firm supporter of public education, it was a pleasure to see the research, creativity and attention to detail that went into this project. I admire the students’ dedication, and I thank them for all their hard work.”

Congratulations to this hardworking group of Executive MBA students who graduated in May from the VCU School of Business!

Read the full story here:


Caught up with Addison Gills yesterday, former EMBA program manager. Very cool to hear about your new venture!

Timeline photos 06/09/2021

Helene is a resource for EMBA students and alumni too! Look for a workshop schedule for the fall this summer.

On Saturday, Graduate Career Coach Helene Bumbalo led “ePorfolios: An Essential Job Search Tool,” a workshop aimed to teach graduate students how to prove to employers their ability to bridge academic experience to their desired occupation through the creation of ePortfolios.

As students began compiling artifacts about themselves, they discovered the power of an electronic portfolio as an essential tool for the job search. On July 11, students will reconvene for a second session to share the beginnings of their ePortfolios.

Helene is a great resource for all graduate students, but especially for those in our Decision Analytics Professional Track (DAPT) program who are often career switchers.

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Helene by contacting her at [email protected].

Timeline photos 06/08/2021

More West End morning meetups! Thanks Yuriy Cherepnya for meeting with me this morning. Really cool to hear about your new job and future plans! Apply now to join the EMBA class of 2023 at

Timeline photos 06/07/2021

Now for the West End's Coffee with Butch summer 2021 update. Thanks Tracy Provost for meeting me today! Very cool to hear how you have been using your new finance skills. Learn more about the VCU Executive MBA here.


Health Care Management concentration-first two on the shuttle to our offsite today.

Students in the Healthcare Management Concentration took a field trip today to a local physical rehabilitation center!

VCU’s Healthcare Management Concentration is ranked in the top five Best Health Care Management Programs and is available as an add-on to Executive MBA students, Online MBA students, Master of Decision Analytics, and Master of Information Systems.

For more information, visit the Healthcare Management Concentration website here:


It must be summer if I am meeting Executive MBA students for coffee. The first "Coffee with Butch" meetup was with Allison Giovenco. Thanks for the EMBA program feedback!


Class of 2022! See your VCU email to schedule your Coffee with Butch! I am looking forward to meeting you for coffee all over the RVA.


Good read!

Students in the middle of their Executive MBA (EMBA) and Decision Analytics Professional Track (DAPT) experiences were unsure how the pandemic would shape the remainder of their time at VCU. Despite uncertainties, both programs handled the switch to a virtual format exceptionally well!

Many professionals hoped to take advantage of their unexpected downtime by enhancing skills or learning new ones, leading to a surge in applications for both the DAPT and the EMBA programs. Between 50 and 75% of DAPT students land new jobs or get promoted while still in the program.

Read more about our success stories here:

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