UMass Amherst School of Management Graduates First MBA Class From Pittsfield-based Program

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts School of Management will celebrate the graduation of its first class of master of business administration students from its Pittsfield program on Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Plaza Hotel in downtown Pittsfield.

The program, begun in the fall of 1995, has an initial class of about two dozen graduates. They attended weekend classes for the past two years that met on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The class schedule was designed to accommodate working professionals. Classes met during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to allow students to finish the MBA courses in as little as two years.

Thomas O’Brien, dean of the School of Management, Stephen Demski,interim vice provost of University outreach, and Robert Nakosteen, director of the school’s master’s program, will be on hand for the graduation ceremony.

Heather Miller, admissions director for the MBA programs at the School of Management, said this initial graduating class from the Pittsfield program marks an important milestone for UMass and Berkshire County. "The Berkshire community encouraged the creation of this program, and now with our first class, we’ve produced an excellent group of graduates who can begin giving something back to their communities," Miller said. "We’re also hopeful this moves the School of Management toward fulfilling the mission Chancellor David K. Scott has outlined for the University - bringing our services directly to the commonwealth at large."