Stetson Executive MBA is proud to present the new EMBA Class of 2018.
Name: David T. Pickens
Hometown: Paducah, KY
Based on your own selection process, what would you say for those who are looking for an EMBA to apply?
I would suggest that an applicant for an EMBA program should seek to find an institution that answers three specific questions for you.
The first question is does the design of the EMBA program allow a potential student to give their full commitment and effort toward a successful and rewarding educational experience.
The second question is can you sense a high degree of understanding for your academic goals and dreams from the members of the institution that you come in contact with.
And finally, do you feel that there is confidence in you as a potential student.
What impacted you the most on your selection process for an EMBA school/program?
To better understand what influences you I would suggest a tour of the facility, various meetings and conversations with faculty and staff, and time in a class.
This was an important part of the process for me. To be candid, I had several conversations with other schools. I also visited a campus and participated in a class. The net of it for me was that I felt a commitment from the team at Stetson. That commitment works both ways to be sure. I felt that commitment and I wanted the teal at Stetson to feel the same commitment back from me!
What led you to choose this program?
The people at all levels, the diversity, the facility, the EMBA schedule and the reputation of Stetson University.
What are your higher expectations about Stetson and about this EMBA?
My expectations are to successfully complete the EMBA program. To accomplish this I understand that I will need support from others. This support should come from the facility and staff, as well as the other members of Cohort 14. I am excited to leverage my business experience and expertise and I would expect that this would be valued. I also do believe that I can help others in their quest to successfully complete this program.
What would you ultimately like to achieve during these program?
I would expect to experience personal and professional growth; I also expect to assist others in the program by being a valued and committed member of the team. I really want this to be a rewarding and satisfying experience.
Anything else you want to share?
I clearly understand that I am not a typical (whatever that is) student at the Stetson University EMBA program. I have been retired for almost two years after a rewarding and successful 41-year career at Darden. I was the President of Olive Garden (7 years) and Red Lobster (2 years) prior to my retirement. I am also the proud father of Kate, our 13-year-old daughter. She thinks it is pretty cool that I am going to school! My wife Sue is a fantastic person, an amazing friend and an awesome mother. I could not pursue this goal without her total support.
I also want to help others and I spend much of my time now on a variety of activities that I believe are meaningful and that make a positive difference in people’s lives.
This EMBA program is one of those things for sure!
I know that I will need help and assistance along the way, and I am committed to providing the same to others during our journey together.