Sonoma State Names John Stayton Executive Director of MBA Programs

john_stayton_low_res.jpgJohn Stayton joins the leadership team at Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics as Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Education, a position which will encompass both the evening and executive formats of SSU's traditional and wine business MBA programs. Stayton, who co-founded the Green MBA at Dominican and most recently headed the Venture Greenhouse, will begin October 28th.

"We conducted a national search for this position, and I was impressed with the quality of applicants. But John's name rose to the top of this list because of his experience running graduate programs, his knowledge of our region, and his entrepreneurial acumen," said Dean William Silver.

With applications for both the fall 2014 evening MBA and the next cohort of the wine business EMBA underway, leading the recruitment process will be a priority. "I am an innovator and a builder. SSU's MBA and EMBA programs are on the rise and I look forward to accelerating their growth," noted Stayton.

"The quality of the MBA programs is very high and the growing alumni network is an impressive roster of North Bay leaders. As we continue to increase our visibility here, we will become the obvious choice for any student, manager or executive considering an advanced business degree. Even more exciting opportunities exist beyond our region as we expand more distinctive and globally relevant programs, like the Wine MBA. SSU has the opportunity to attract forward-thinking students from around the world with cutting-edge graduate and professional offerings," he continued.

Silver added that Stayton embraces the modern obligation of a university. "Education today is not merely about teaching classes; it is about creating transformative experiences and preparing students for career and life success."

Silver likewise expressed his great appreciation for Dr. Robert Eyler who led the launch and growth of the EMBA from its inception five years ago. Eyler, who applied his knowledge as the North Bay's foremost economist to create a market responsive program, will be welcomed back to the classroom by students as a full-time professor, while continuing his economic research as head of SSU's Center for Regional Economic Analysis.

Stayton concluded, "I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism of everyone I have met at Sonoma State and I look forward to working and living in the same community. I have lived in Sonoma County since 1991 and I love it here. To be offered this position at the only university in the county, working with such great people, is a dream come true."

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