Director of UConn School of Business Part-time and Executive MBA Programs in Hartford Named

Colleen McGuire, an executive consultant with three decades of wide-ranging business experience, has been named the new director of the Part-time and Executive MBA Programs at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business Graduate Business Learning Center in downtown Hartford. These programs draw students from throughout New England who want to build their skills through UConn’s highly ranked offerings.

McGuire, who started work May 14, has worked with senior leaders of organizations of all sizes to help boost productivity and profitability, improve communication and performance management systems, and clarify the managers’ visions and objectives. She was also the managing director/regional director and senior vice president at Wachovia Bank, North America, and the managing director and senior vice president at Mellon Financial Corporation.

McGuire has also been an adjunct professor in the business school’s marketing and management departments, and her classes have included the capstone course, “Strategy, Policy and Planning.” She says she feels strongly about UConn’s mission and its connections with the business community, and is eager to help guide the School of Business programs’ growth at the Graduate Business Learning Center.

“I consider myself a lifelong learner and am very excited to support individuals who want to gain further knowledge that will help them to be more effective in their professional positions and in life in general,” McGuire says.

The Graduate Business Learning Center, where the Part-time and Executive MBA programs are housed, also includes conference facilities and the SS&C Technologies Financial Accelerator, where businesses can team with UConn students and faculty experts on financial analysis, marketing plans, and other projects. McGuire has significant experience in many of those realms as a consultant whose clients have included Webster Bank, Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, Merrill Lynch, Harvard Business School’s nonprofit Community Partners of Connecticut group and several other established and startup ventures.

“We in the School of Business are very excited about having Ms. McGuire join us,” says Karla H. Fox, UConn associate provost and the business school’s interim dean. “In addition to overseeing the administrative operations of our Hartford-based programs, she will teach courses and be the main representative of the School of Business in the Hartford area,” Fox says. “The School of Business is very committed to continuing to expand our community and business relationships in Hartford, and Ms. McGuire will be our ambassador in these efforts.”

“I look forward to getting out into the business community and meeting with companies to explore, with them, how UConn’s MBA programs can support their executive business development needs,” McGuire says.

McGuire holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. She has also been designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts in Charlottesville, Virginia.

McGuire, a Connecticut native, is active in several nonprofit organizations in her home state and in the Boston area. She lives in West Hartford with her husband and son.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Reitz, (860) 486-0871

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