Degree: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Graduation Date: May 2017
High School/Hometown: Jackson Memorial High School/Jackson, NJ
Clubs/Activities: 2016 ACBSP Region 1 Conference Presenter
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GCU graduate student Daniel Beach will be earning his Master of Business Administration in May. For his undergraduate degree, Daniel attended Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry. He chose GCU for his master’s degree because of it offered a flexible class schedule—essential when you’re already working full time.
“I chose GCU because GCU made it easy for me to work and go to school at the same time. That was very important to me,” he said.
“I enjoyed the in-class discussions that I had with faculty and peers. I found them to be interesting and informative.”
Daniel is as much a scientist as he is a student. Although his work and academic commitments did not leave him much time for clubs or activities at GCU, Daniel had valuable hands-on experience in laboratories that gave him a unique perspective in the classroom. He has developed practical skills in chemistry, biotechnology, method development, good laboratory practice, and good manufacturing practice. He currently works as an associate scientist at Renaissance Pharmaceuticals in Lakewood, and has also worked as a lab technician for DPT Laboratories.
In the fall of 2016, Daniel and other GCU students in the M.B.A. program presented at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 1 Conference in New York City. The ACBSP, an international seal of quality for business education, accredits GCU’s M.B.A. degree program. The presentation included a literary review on “The Global Impact of NAFTA,” and the project was a collaboration with Bertram Okpokwasili, Ph.D., GCU associate professor of business administration. Daniel considers it a highlight of his academic experience.
“When I presented at the ACBSP Region 1 Conference in New York, I knew that the time and effort I had put into this program was worthwhile,” he says.
Daniel, who will be speaking on behalf of his fellow graduate students at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 24, hopes to apply his scientific and administrative background to the advancement of his career.
“Eventually, I would like to manage a lab instead of working in one. I hope to take the skills I learned at GCU and use them to be an effective manager,” he says.
Story contributed by Heidi V. Chaya ’17, who will graduate in December 2017 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in writing.