A message from Dr. Richard Lapchick
Welcome to the DeVos Sport Business Management program at the University of Central Florida. Our comprehensive curriculum provides a unique, team-based, integrative business approach and a global sports network in a hands-on environment. The DeVos program offers students the opportunity to earn their Masters in Sports Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Focusing on ethics, diversity, leadership, and community service, the DeVos Program attracts some of the brightest and most committed students from across the country and across the globe.
We are proud of the work of our past and present students, and look forward to seeing what the newly admitted Class of 2013 will bring. Some of the major accomplishments of DeVos students are:
- We have gone from the newest program on the block to being named one of the top five programs in America by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and ESPN the Magazine.
- The Class of 2008, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, formed the Hope for Stanley Foundation, which is dedicated to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and lives in New Orleans.
- Class of 2008 students visited Rich and Helen DeVos, program benefactors, at their home in South Florida as the students were recognized for their community service involvement and academic achievements.
- Our team of students competed in a case competition this year at the prestigious National Sports Forum against three of the other five top teams in the country, and returned with a first place finish. Only one other team had a woman as part of their group. The DeVos team had three out of four women.
- The Class of 2007 went on the Inaugural Class Trip to Atlanta. The trip, which was funded by the second year Sport Marketing client-based projects, allowed the students to meet with executives from the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech Athletic Department, Coca-Cola, the LPGA, and Velocity Sports, and visit the Martin Luther King Center.
- The Sport Business Management Minor is the third-largest minor within the College of Business Administration (2012).
DeVos students and graduates are business leaders committed to using the power of sport to improve life in a more-inclusive society. The program is the premier "living classroom" in sports business management education.
We are excited to have Dr. C. Keith Harrison, Prof. Scott Bukstein, and John Thomas as leaders on the DeVos team. Harrison is an associate professor in the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program; Bukstein is an instructor and program coordinator. Thomas serves as director of external affairs and corporate partnerships.
We hope that you will visit the DeVos website and check for updates on our program, our students, and our accomplishments.
Richard E. Lapchick
Endowed Chair and Director