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Dominican University of California Takes Green MBA Mainstream

Published 02-07-07

Submitted by Dominican University of California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2007--Dominican University of California has acquired the Green MBA program and trademark currently offered at New College of California. The Green MBA was the region's first graduate business program focused on corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and social justice within the business context. The move to Dominican allows the MBA program to grow and reach a more mainstream student body.

The Green MBA co-founder and Executive Director John Stayton will move with the program to Dominican. The move is a homecoming of sorts for Stayton, who earned an MBA in International Business from Dominican in 1995. Stayton will retain his title as Green MBA program director. Stayton launched the program at New College as an MA program in 2000 and as an MBA in 2002.

The Green MBA provides a cohesive third offering to Dominican's existing graduate business programs at a time when demand is growing for a workforce with an expertise in sustainability, said Dr. Christopher Leeds, Director of Dominican's Graduate Business Programs. Dominican also offers an MBA in Strategic Leadership and an MBA in Global Strategic Management in its School of Business and Leadership.

"The Green MBA program is an excellent fit for Dominican, both in terms of our location and our existing MBA programs," said Dr. Leeds. "The North Bay is home to many businesses which are leading innovation in sustainable business practices. In addition, major corporations are beginning to use sustainability as integral to their strategic position globally."

The Green MBA is a four-semester program with classes held two weekends per month, Friday through Sunday. The curriculum consists of three major components: business fundamentals, sustainability, and leadership. Students work on solutions to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice. Courses include Eco-Commerce Models, Managerial and Environmental Accounting, Diffusion of Innovation, Green and Social Marketing, and Ecological Economics.

About 45 students currently enrolled in the New College program will begin classes at Dominican in the fall. Spring 2008 enrollment is projected to reach 65 students. Two full-time faculty from the New College program, including the director of the Green MBA, will join Dominican's faculty. Stayton plans on bringing the 10 adjuncts who currently teach in the Green MBA program to Dominican.

Copyright Business Wire 2007

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