Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business
To keep up with the continually evolving global marketplace, the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business recognizes that a business education for working professionals and executives is a lifelong process that is actively engaged at all career stages. From entrepreneurs to community leaders, and non-profit directors to C-suite executives, no one is exempt from the need to innovate and expand their toolkit for how they solve business challenges. The real-world experience, access to professors and mentors, intimate class size and hands-on leadership development position Crummer at the cutting edge in executive education.
By offering degree programs to fit any executive, such as the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA), the Executive MBA and the Professional MBA for emerging executive leaders, as well as custom programming through the Center for Executive Education, Crummer’s mission is to cultivate innovative, responsible, global business leaders who impact their organizations and communities. The school’s leading position in executive education can be seen through the impact its alumni and business partners have had not only in Central Florida, but also across the country and around the globe.
Wes Naylor had an impressive 28-year career with the U.S. Navy, including helping found the Navy’s next generation training initiative and advising the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His next challenge was launching Coe & Naylor Group, a full-service business-consulting firm focused on combining the training sector with industry, government and academia to benefit U.S. soldiers. Looking to evolve and grow with the changing times, this self-described “life-long learner” is now earning his EDBA degree at Crummer in order to advance his leadership skills and better lead his employees. Naylor credits a great deal of his recent professional development to his time as a student at Crummer. “I believe that it’s important for executives to continue to re-invest in themselves and their teams by seeking ways to broaden their business acumen by associating with a national leader like the Crummer Graduate School of Business,” he said. “I look at it as one of the smartest investments I’ve ever made.” Never satisfied with the status quo, Naylor continues seeking ways to deepen his impact on the Winter Park community by running for City Commissioner.
Similarly, Elinor Steele-Zegelbone shares what she gained from her studies at Crummer to help impact others. As a Tupperware employee, she was fortunate to have taken advantage of custom development courses offered through Crummer’s Center for Management & Executive Education. Zegelbone was encouraged by Tupperware chairman and CEO to-be, Rick Goings, to build on what she learned from her sessions at Crummer, and take her career to the next level by working towards an Executive MBA there. Her hard work and dedication paid off: today she serves as the vice president of Global Communications & Women’s Initiatives at Tupperware. Elinor has implemented what she learned at Crummer to impact lives around the world, including training over 70 women to be mentors for women in Iraq, and teaching company and government delegates how to build sustainable business opportunities for women in Iraq.
Building a vast network of alumni who are actively engaged in their local communities as well as the world around them, is an important part of Crummer’s legacy in the business space. Crummer graduates around the world can attest that their degrees were a catalyst to reaching the next level in their careers. Having earned a Masters in Materials Science and excelling in his role as the head of the Gas Turbine Materials and Engineering Department at Siemens, Vinod Philips realized he still needed to expand and enrich his business acumen to reach the C-Suite. To gain greater understanding of his industry and global business, he turned to Crummer to earn his MBA with a concentration in Management and International Business.
“To be a well-rounded business person, it’s integral to have a deep knowledge in one domain, coupled with a competence in the broader business enterprise and value chain,” Vinod said. “My experience at Crummer truly shaped my development as a team-oriented and collaborative individual, providing intangible skills that come with a diverse, innovative, and enthusiastic faculty and student body.” Vinod’s investment in himself worked. Relocated to Berlin, he now serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the Power and Gas Division at Siemens.
As the business world evolves, the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business will continue to develop executives into leaders who are growing and transforming the economy in Central Florida and beyond. Crummer and its educators have dedicated the past 60 years to helping professionals in a wide variety of industries and roles become effective, innovative leaders, transforming their businesses and adding value to their communities.