Like most older students who choose pursue graduate degrees, Synarus Green (Executive MBA 2015) wanted to expand his skill set and improve his career performance. “I had an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and was working as the City of Jackson Chief Administrative Officer. I wanted to expand my capacity to communicate and coordinate projects across City departments and professional disciplines,” he says.
Green was attracted to the Millsaps College Executive MBA program for a number of reasons. “I have always liked the small campus and family feel of Millsaps. And as a native of Jackson, I appreciated Millsaps’ historical relationship with schools like Tougaloo who played significant roles for progress during the Civil Rights movement.”
The faculty and curriculum were also a draw. “It was a great, diverse curriculum,” Green says. “The faculty presented classroom content from both a theoretical and actual business experience perspective, and showed compassion as teachers for their students. Being a former educator, this was very important to me. I appreciate educators who know how to inspire student to want to learn and think – regardless of their age.”
The international portion of the program, a trip to Merida, Yucatan, made a strong impression on Green. “Working on your capstone business development project in a location where poverty is readily apparent truly speaks to Millsaps’ inherent desire to press forward while maintaining a keen awareness of serving the greater good. You can see how promoting ideals of hope to an underserved community while working with its people to develop practical tools for business growth creates an environment where phenomenal ROI (return on investment) can be realized.”
Green has found that the Millsaps EMBA made a positive impact on his career, particularly when working across departments and areas of expertise. “My MBA expanded my capacity to communicate my issues and concerns across multiple disciplines. For example, criminal justice and public administration issues do not always translate well in fiscal discussions. My MBA helped me to better understand and communicate more effectively and efficiently with my staff in finance and accounting, which in turn made it easier to complete projects together more quickly. And when time is money this proved to be a great asset for me.”
Synarus Green is currently is currently the Federal Liaison and Compliance Coordinator for Hinds County, Mississippi.
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