Dr. Judith Ogden (Stockbridge) recently became the new director of Clayton State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
“It is an exciting opportunity, and a great honor," Ogden says. "I honestly did not consider applying for the position, but I received so much support and encouragement from the School of Business faculty, that I thought I would take a chance. Now I am delighted that I did.”
Ogden is enthusiastic about the past success of the MBA program.
“It is incredible how successful the program has been and how much it has grown in three short years," she says. "It has been named one of the top MBA programs in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the American Business Journal, and is offering courses at three different locations, Peachtree City, Conyers and here on campus in Morrow.
"This is due in large part to our exceptional faculty, and two incredible MBA directors, Dr. Michael Deis and Dr. Michael Tidwell. Michelle Terrell, the manager of the MBA Program, who despite being new to the position, kept the program going and even increased enrollment during the transition period after Dr. Tidwell's leaving, and Andrea Johnson, our administrative assistant, were also indispensable.”
Ogden looks forward to the future of the program.
"I think the program can only continue to grow in terms of students, programs, and international and community connections," she says. "I would like to see the program expand in terms of course offerings and specialties, and in terms of more international and community opportunities. I would also like to involve our alumni, who have been very supportive.”
Ogden also feels rewarded to have the cohorts that are functioning in Fayette and Rockdale counties.
“We are delighted to have these students as part of the Clayton State family," she says. "They bring so much to our MBA program, and provide an opportunity for us to spread out into the communities. Clayton State is really becoming the University of choice for the southern Atlanta metropolitan area.”