Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Executive Education announces new director

Published: August 10, 2012 / Author: Carol Elliott

PaulC. Velasco, who has been serving as interim director of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, will take over the position permanently, announced
Mendoza College of Business Interim Dean Roger Huang on Thursday (Aug. 9).

joined the Mendoza College in August 2009 as Executive Education’s Director of
Degree Programs. He has served as interim director of Notre Dame Executive
Education since October 2011.

Velasco fully understands our values and culture at the Mendoza College and is
committed to excellence,” said Huang, Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global
Investment Management. “He brings to the job years of experience, strong work
ethics and numerous talents. Above all, Paul is devoted to continuous learning
and innovation.” Huang also noted Velasco’s previous experience in higher
education and corporate development, his success in leading the Executive MBA
program, which included a comprehensive curriculum redesign, and his leadership
and initiative while serving as interim director.

“Over the past
year, our team has significantly grown Executive Education, and laid the
framework to develop new foreign and domestic opportunities for Notre Dame,”
said Velasco.  “I appreciate the opportunities Notre Dame has provided for
me to apply my skills to grow Executive Education, while also providing a rich
team of colleagues to foster my own development.”

Dame Executive Education has had significant growth in recent years, which
includes the opening of an executive education
facility in
downtown Chicago, and most notably with the construction of the Ralph C. Stayer
Center for Executive Education. The three-story, 54,000-square-foot Stayer
Center is slated to open in February 2013 adjacent to the Mendoza College of

“With new
facilities such as the Stayer Center and our Notre Dame Chicago Commons, we
have great opportunities to expand the depth and reach of the University’s unique
values-centered leadership approach around the world,” said Velasco. “I’m
pleased to be leading that effort, which will see us bringing new relationships
to Notre Dame.” 

to joining the Mendoza College, Velasco served as the Executive MBA director of
instructional technology at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of
Business, where he taught in four of their five graduate programs. He also was
a lecturer and associate director of Taylor Murphy Center at Virginia’s Darden
School. Velasco also has worked as an economics consulting expert as well,
providing professional analysis of antitrust issues to several Fortune 100
firms, the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorney general for the state of

earned his MBA from Michigan and his bachelor of philosophy in communications
studies from Northwestern University.

in 1980, Notre Dame Executive Education provides leaders in the executive and
management ranks the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities
and business acumen skills. Today, Executive Education offers non-degree as
well as degree programs, awarding about 120 degrees annually and delivering
programs in 10 countries. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the program
emphasizes values-based leadership in addition to academic rigor. Recent
rankings include No. 18 by Bloomberg
for Non-degree Executive Education Open Enrollment Programs,
and No. 6 worldwide among the top-ranked 25 Executive MBA programs by The Wall Street Journal.

than 1,700 executives, managers and directors have participated in Notre Dame
Executive Education’s innovative open-enrollment Integral Leadership, a
portfolio of three programs that incorporate moral, spiritual and ethical
strengths as well as other personal dimensions into leadership training.

More information about the Executive Education programs,
including EMBA, is available by calling 800-631-3622 or
574-631-5285, or by e-mailing or visiting on the Web.


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