October 7, 2014
Sometimes it’s tough to live up to the standards and expectations your parents have for you. It might be even be a little tougher when you follow in the footsteps of your father into a rigorous and challenging Masters in Business Administration program.
Liz Crain recently completed Drury’s five-week-long MBA “Boot Camp” that’s designed to prepare those without an undergraduate business degree for the MBA program. She begins classes in January.
Her father, Mike West, earned an MBA from Drury in 2010. Having graduated from Drury in 1996 with degrees in physics and mathematics, he also went through the Boot Camp to prep for his master’s degree. Then he recommended the program to his daughter.
“I don’t feel too competitive about it, but the standards are set pretty high,” Crain says with a grin, when asked if there’s any family rivalry in play.
Angie Adamick, director of the MBA program, says West and Crain represent two very different, but valued types of students who go through the program.
“Mike is the professional who has so much expertise and rich experience to offer in the classroom and Liz is full of fresh and innovative ideas,” she says. “The combination of these kinds of input in the Drury MBA classroom makes for incredibly dynamic discussions.”
Crain, 23, has seen that already. She says she enjoyed the stimulating mix of younger minds and experienced professionals during the “intense five weeks” of the Boot Camp.
West continues to be involved in the program post-graduation by serving as an MBA mentor, speaking at the orientation and encouraging his colleagues to pursue their MBA through Drury. Now he’s excited to bring his daughter into the Drury fold as well. He still has many close, personal and professional connections from both his undergraduate days and his MBA experience.
“Drury, to me, is a family school,” he says. “Everybody knows everyone.”
Those interested in applying for the program can find more information about www.drury.edu/mba, or by calling (417) 873-7612.
Story by Trevor Cobb, writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader.