Student Stories

The Doctorate of Business Administration cohorts feature a rich variety of backgrounds, circumstances and aspirations. Though each student strives toward the same degree completion goal, their individual paths and hurdles are unique and their efforts to stay the course are inspirational. 

Academic History

Academic history: First DBA students successfully defend dissertations

Stephen Gray successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Credit Decisions and the Effects of Earnings Quality,” on May 23, 2017; and Brian Huels defended his dissertation, “Antecedents to Taxpayer Compliance: Essays exploring the influence of personality and culture,” on June 13. 

DBA Student Henry Balani - 2014 Cohort

Henry Balani

Global Head of Strategic Affairs | Accuity, Division of Reed Business Information, Reed Elsevier

September 2017 (anticipated)

Men, Angels and Government Regulation

DBA Student Julia Davidyan - 2014 Cohort

Julia Davidyan

Chief Audit Officer | Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

September 2017 (anticipated)

Bridging Practice and Academia

DBA Student John Good - 2014 Cohort

John Good

Executive Director of Safety | United States Air Force Global Strike Command Headquarters

September 2017 (anticipated)

A Nexus of Theory and Application

DBA Student Stephen Gray - 2014 Cohort

Stephen Gray

Senior Associate Instructor | Western Illinois University

May 2017 

Investing in Myself

DBA Student Brian Huels - 2014 Cohort

Brian Huels

Associate Professor | Rockford University

June 2017

Reaching Full Potential as a Practitioner and Educator

DBA Student Aaron Kinney - 2014 Cohort

Aaron Kinney

Executive Director – Cardiac Service Line | Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

September 2017 (anticipated)

Advancing Business Knowledge and Academic Research

DBA Student John Muraski - 2014 Cohort

John Muraski

Senior Lecturer | University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business

September 2017 (anticipated)

Climbing Mount Everest

DBA Student Amelia Ruzzo - 2014 Cohort

Amelia Ruzzo

Information Technology Executive | Thermo Fisher Scientific

September 2017 (anticipated)

From Defense Contracting to Defending a Dissertation