Master of Business Administration

Program Director

Jose Cordova, PhD

Welcome to Norwich University's MBA Program

Norwich's online MBA program stands out from the rest. The MBA program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become an effective business leader within all areas of business enterprise. We believe that practical application of concepts is the key to learning. Our integrated corporate case study and workplace projects require students to apply knowledge from their coursework to practical situations in their professional environment. Employers see immediate results from Norwich online MBA students.

What counts most is what you take away from the Norwich MBA program. You are graduating from a nationally accredited business school with one of the highest rankings of achievement on a globally standardized comprehensive exam. So earning a Norwich MBA confers immediate results from a school with national standing and accredited reputation.
 

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Dr. Jose Cordova earned his PhD in telecommunications management, as well as his MA in economics and MA in administrative studies from Ohio University. Jose has over 25 years of experience worldwide in the academic, business, operational and high tech industry, was the program director for the University of San Francisco-Quito, and has taught various courses for the MBA program, School of Business, at California State University-San Bernardino. He has also acted as the senior executive and senior consultant in international business, marketing, finance, information systems and telecommunications for top multinationals in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, including IBM, AT&T, NCR, Schering-Plough, and MasterCard.
 

Associate Program Director

Ashley Farren

Ashley Farren is the associate program director for the MBA program. She is a native Vermonter who enjoys traveling. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University in foreign language and international studies with special focus on Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She has studied abroad in Madrid and Segovia, Spain, and in Córdoba, Argentina. Before coming to Norwich she worked at the Community College of Vermont in the Financial Aid and Admissions office. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Norwich and looks forward to the educational learning opportunities that Norwich is known to provide.

Associate Program Director of Academics

Najiba Benabess, PhD

Najiba Benabess is the director of the School of Business and Management at Norwich. She teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and quantitative methods courses, teaching in both the online MBA program and the diplomacy program at Norwich. She is an online instructor for several universities and colleges in the Milwaukee area. She previously served as a full-time professor at the University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The focus of her economics scholarship is industrial organization, and she publishes and presents her research throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, her study “Privatization versus Subsidization in Mixed Oligopoly” was selected as the year’s best conference business paper by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences.

She holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and speaks several languages.

Student Services Advisor

Andrew Liptak, MA

Andrew Liptak holds his BA in history and a MA in military history, both from Norwich University. First joining Norwich as a student in 2003, he joined College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2007, where he has worked as a student services advisor. In addition to his duties at Norwich, he works as a freelance historian and writer.

Featured Faculty for Master of Business Administration

Miguel Blanco, PhD, PMP
Miguel Blanco holds a doctoral degree in strategic management. He is a full time professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a part time professor at the University Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France. The focus of his strategic management scholarship is managerial excellence and branding. He has published his research in international academic journals as well as presented it at international conferences all around the world. He teaches in Norwich’s Master of Business Administration program in the general MBA courses and in the project management concentration as he holds PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. He worked as a SAP R/3 and strategic consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers participating in projects for some of the most important Spanish multinationals such as Repsol, Telefónica, and Retevision. He is now combining his work teaching at the university level with occasional collaborations in projects as an independent consultant for Spanish and international companies.
W. Sanford Miller Jr., MA
W. Sanford Miller has taught business at both the graduate and undergraduate level for more than a decade. He is a partner in BuildingBlok, a start up software company in the construction industry.Previously, he was a brand manager at Warner Lambert’s international division in Mexico City; head of corporate marketing for GE Capital; chief marketing officer and corporate strategist at CIGNA; CEO and president of Allergy Control Products; and COO of Operation Warm, a national non-profit. He has consulted to a variety of companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions including IBM, PacifiCare, and Intelligent Electrons. While an officer in the U.S. Army, he served as a senior advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion.He is a graduate of Norwich University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He holds a master’s degree from Fairfield University and has studied at both the Harvard and Columbia business schools.
Magdalena Barreiro, PhD
Magdalena Barreiro is the Dean of the College of Business Administration and a professor of finance at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. As a leading authority on Ecuador's financial system, fiscal sustainability, and capital markets, she serves as Ecuador's local partner for GlobalSource Partners and is an independent consultant on Ecuador’s economic and political developments. She previously served as Minister of Economy and Finance and oversaw Ecuador’s re-entry into the international capital markets with its first sovereign issuance after nearly a decade. She also served as an economic and financial advisor for the National Council for State Modernization and Privatization for Ecuador and was the financial sector coordinator at the Central Bank of Ecuador. She has lectured at universities in the United States and abroad, as well as published working papers on pension reform and analysis of corporate tax. At Norwich, she teaches in the finance courses for the Master of Business Administration program. She holds a PhD in management science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business. She earned her master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has bachelor’s degree in business management from Escuela Politecnica del Ejercito.

Faculty

Najiba Benabess, PhD

Najiba Benabess is the director of the School of Business and Management at Norwich. She teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and quantitative methods courses, teaching in both the online MBA program and the diplomacy program at Norwich. She is an online instructor for several universities and colleges in the Milwaukee area. She previously served as a full-time professor at the University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The focus of her economics scholarship is industrial organization, and she publishes and presents her research throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, her study “Privatization versus Subsidization in Mixed Oligopoly” was selected as the year’s best conference business paper by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences.

She holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and speaks several languages.

Laurette Brady, MBA
Robert Deemer, MBA
Carmen DePablos, PhD
William Jolley, PhD
Thomas Luckett, PhD
Mehdi Mohaghegh, PhD
Michael Puddicombe, DBA
William Saunders, MBA
James Schaap, PhD
Mike Thirtle, PhD
John Van Vliet, PhD
Keith Wade, PhD
Nida Backaitis, PhD
Stacie L.L. Morgan, PhD

Stacie Morgan teaches in Norwich’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Business Administration programs. An international strategy consultant, speaker, author, and columnist, she is the founder and president of the strategy consulting firm Balanced Management Inc. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with multinational corporations, small businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the U.S. military to help individuals and organizations define and achieve success.

She holds a doctoral degree in strategic management with a subspecialty in leadership and a master’s degree in education in organizational development and training.

Mitchell Miller, PhD