As people return to campus to get their MBA, they’ll have the chance to be in a program lead by Dave Harris who joined the Eccles School of Business college as the MBA Director this month. Harris brings with him years of experience in both the business and educational arena. Prior to coming to the U of U business school, he served as the CEO of University Prep Café, a college and career-readiness company he founded in Oklahoma City. Harris has been recognized for excellence in teaching and applied research and has served as principal investigator for a $597,000 technology grant from the National Science Foundation.

His career has also included being the National Manager of New Business Development at Itochu Corporation, a Japanese trading company based in Tokyo; and Dave also served as Dealer Marketing Administrator for Murata Business Systems. The blended career Harris has brings real-world and theory together giving a new vision and increased passion for the full-time MBA program. Harris says, “Pursuing an MBA at the David Eccles School of Business remains a great investment for students, offering them access to outstanding instruction and networking opportunities, unparalleled experiential learning programs.”

Harris also recognizes the changing landscape for full-time MBA programs both in Utah and around the country, and he looks forward to attacking the challenges facing both the business school and its students.

“MBA programs must deliver both in and out of the classroom. It is critical for full-time MBA programs to have outstanding classroom instruction, and provide meaningful and relevant opportunities. Learning outside the classroom is absolutely critical for students.”

“The University of Utah full-time MBA program will expand its leadership development opportunities for students by expanding our strategic alliances in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors,” Harris added. “An executive-mentoring program will be launched this year, and the program will continue to expand its experiential learning opportunities.”