Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Executive MBA Program names new director

Published: August 31, 2009 / Author: Carol Elliott

Paul Velasco has been appointed director of degree programs for the Executive Education Department in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, effective Tuesday (Sept. 1).

Velasco will provide internal and external leadership and direction for Notre Dame’s two Executive MBA (EMBA) programs in South Bend and Chicago. His duties and responsibilities will include leadership and administrative oversight of marketing, recruiting, student services, curriculum and operations.

“Notre Dame attracted me as a strong program poised for even greater success,” Velasco said. “With its focus on values-centered leadership, it is uniquely positioned in the marketplace and attracts a strong, distinct pool of Executive MBA candidates. The business world needs a program that does more than teach business skills. We need a program that creates principled leaders, and I’m proud to join a school with that focus.”

Velasco previously served as the EMBA director of instructional technology at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he taught in four of their five graduate programs. His EMBA duties included corporate relations development and reputation management. He also has worked as an economics consulting expert, 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 Ohio.

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

“Paul has demonstrated that he has a strong understanding of the Executive MBA experience, and a deep appreciation for our approach, which emphasizes values and ethics as well as academic excellence,” said Sharon Keane, director of the Notre Dame Executive Education Department. “We look forward to adding Paul’s knowledge and skills to our team.”

Founded 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 through both degree and non-degree programs. In addition to the programs in South Bend and Chicago, the Executive MBA also offers an off-site classroom in Cincinnati. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the program emphasizes values-based transformational leadership in addition to academic rigor.

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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