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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Immanuel Kerr-Brown

Wednesday, September 21 2016 12:00am

Meet Immanuel-Kerr Brown, a former nationally-ranked wrestler, mechanical engineering undergraduate, and second-year MBA/MSA dual-degree student.

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By Marshall Payne

Name: Immanuel Kerr-Brown 

Program: MBA/MSA

Class year: 2017

Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical engineering, Duke University

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA/MSA dual-degree program?

I’ve always been interested in college athletics. My undergraduate athletic director advised me to pursue a holistic business degree that would prepare me for a leadership role in sports. Ohio University is known for having a top-ranked sports administration graduate program; paired with an AACSB internationally accredited business program, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I knew the MBA/MSA dual-degree program would prepare me for all my career goals. 

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

There is no doubt the MBA program is tough, but it’s worth it. I enjoyed every minute. Balancing classwork with extracurricular activities can be challenging at times, but your classmates become your support system. We all want to see each other succeed. I really appreciated that the professors were willing to help outside of class, too.

What was your favorite MBA course and why? 

Organizational Behavior and Human Resources with Dr. Stoner was my favorite MBA course. I’m a people person, so learning how to better interact with and manage people was very relevant to my personality and career goals.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?

The faculty and staff in OHIO’s MBA program are very invested in student success. For me, Dr. Stoner had a huge influence on my education. I occasionally stayed after class to meet with him and felt comfortable talking to him about everything from class curriculum to personal issues.

What would you tell someone considering Ohio University’s Masters of Business Administration degree?

The MBA program is a worthwhile experience, and it will be what you make of it. If you invest yourself in the classes and curriculum, you will get the most out of this opportunity. Even though I’m pursuing a career in sports, having a foundation of business is something that will give me a leg up in my career. It’s incredibly valuable.

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?

My dream job is to be an athletic director at Duke University. As a student-athlete, I found my passion in student-athlete development. I started learning about career opportunities in this field and was hooked. I realized this late in my undergraduate studies and was close to receiving a degree in mechanical engineering. That was when I knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree that would better prepare me for a career in athletics.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?

Whit’s Frozen Custard on Court Street. They have great food and it’s a fun, relaxing environment. It’s the perfect place to meet up with people. They change their flavor every week, which gives me an excuse to go there on a weekly basis. 

Anything else about the program that you would like to share?

The quality of people, both students and faculty, is one of the best parts of being in OHIO’s MBA program. I have developed great relationships that are deeply fulfilling to my personal life as well as my career advancement. In this program, you truly feel part of the MBA Bobcat family.