National Advisory Committee for Sports Business Education introduces new MBA concentration and undergraduate minor

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Assumption has recently announced an advisory board for the newly developed Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in sports business and leadership. This program is a part of the Early Career Track program, which began two years ago. Through this program, the College is also offering a minor in sports management.

The National Advisory Committee for Sports Business Education at Assumption contains 10 sports organization leaders who have been recognized for success in the field of sports.

The members of the advisory board include former Red Sox general manager and current Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette; Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly; Assistant Vice President and Athletics Director at George Mason University, member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Committee Thomas O’Connor; Strategic Advisor to Ripken Baseball and board member of The Base Daniel Burger; Chief Financial Officer of New England Baseball Operations Jason Kosow; Associate Dean at Simmons College Stefan Krug; President and Founder of The Base Robert Lewis Jr., Program Director of Sports Marketing and Media at Full Sail University Josh Mora; Executive Director of The Foundation To Be Named Later in Boston and Chicago Allyce Najimy ‘86; Dr. James Samels of The Education Alliance; and the Advisory Committee Chair, President of FroogaliT and partner of Stonegate Alliance, Jonathan Reinsdorf.

In a press release from the College, Assistant Provost J. Bart Morrison explained the importance of this advisory board.

“Assumption College is incredibly fortunate to have a powerful and highly esteemed advisory board that facilitates our distinctive, innovative Sport Business and Leadership program through their knowledge, networking and vast sport business acumen,” Morrison said. “The board members have each been instrumental in developing the program’s curriculum, facilitating and shaping our practicum experiences, and establishing strong mentoring relationships for our students.”

On Friday, September 26, an Inaugural Assumption College Sport Business Leadership Panel was held in La Maison Hall and was open to students, faculty and members of the general public.

Daniel Burger, who is a member of the advisory board, was a moderator for the panel. Panelists for the evening’s event included Ben Bradlee Jr., the author of the New York Times best-selling biography The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Bradlee Jr. also spent 25 years with The Boston Globe, serving 10 years as a reporter and 15 as an editor. Jonathan Reinsdorf, the advisory board committee chair, was on hand via Skype to share his experiences as a member of many leadership boards in sports.

Advisory board member Robert Lewis Jr., the founder and president of The Base, was present to discuss his role in making a difference in the city of Boston by becoming an advocate for urban youth. Josh Mora, also an advisory board member, discussed his role in the strategic design of the degree curriculum for sports marketing and media at Full Sail University. Mora’s résumé includes hosting the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tournament Owners Association and being a part of the 2015 East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game and the Men’s Basketball Events Subcommittee.

The final two panelists were Nick Smith, Assumption’s director of athletics, and Libby Spellacy, assistant professor and coordinator for the Sports Business and Leadership Program at Assumption. Both Smith and Spellacy shared their experiences in the field of athletics and what their hopes are for inspiring college students to find their field of passion.

“It was heartwarming to hear how passionate everyone was about sports and how that resulted in a foundation in education and service,” said junior Matt Rivers, a management major, who was in attendance.

The program’s inaugural class has five students who are following a curriculum which includes 13 courses and requires a hands-on internship.

“The idea is unique. The practicum gives the students hands-on consultant experience where they are being mentored. The internship is about having the students learning the big picture and becoming a visionary,” said Spellacy.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, Michael Lewis, developed the undergraduate minor program.

“[Students will] receive a solid grounding in economics, business, marketing and management and learn how to deal with the complex professional and ethical issues they will encounter in their field. An emphasis on experiential learning ensures that coursework is augmented with real-world experience through internships and other opportunities,” said Assumption’s website.

Allyce Najimy, a member of the Assumption College class of 1986 and advisory board member, is the CEO of the Foundation to Be Named Later, a foundation started by Theo Epstein, former Red Sox General Manager.

“The program will provide the students with high quality coursework and hands-on, real life leadership experiences at their internships all while being guided by smart, passionate and professional mentors in the fields of professional sports,” Najimy said.

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