The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing the guidance and resources necessary to help them achieve their goals.
The team includes:
|Program Staff for the Smeal EMBA Program|
MBA and EMBA Faculty Director
Dennis is the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Smeal College of Business. He joined Smeal in 1992 having previously taught at Purdue University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley. His research is focused on finance and statistics and has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and featured in The Wall Street Journal.
Jason comes to Smeal with 15 years of industry experience including both US and international business management. He has varying leadership roles during his career with firms ranging from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. He holds a MBA from the Smeal College of Business (EMBA Class of 2011) as well as a B.S. and Masters of Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Based at the University Park campus, Tara coordinates class weekends and special events, and also works with our faculty members to ensure a top-notch experience for our students. Questions regarding payment options for the program can be directed to Tara. Before joining the EMBA team, Tara was the Associate Director of Admission at Juniata College. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and will complete her graduate degree from Penn State in May of 2016.
Christa guides Smeal EMBA candidates through the application and admissions process and handles all initial inquiries from prospective students. She also assists with marketing efforts, helping to coordinate marketing campaigns, recruitment events, and class visits. Christa is based on the University Park campus and travels to Philadelphia on occasion for class weekends.