2014 DeVos Distinguished Guest Speakers
Welcome to the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate 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 Master's in Sports Business Management (MSBM) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 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 2016 will bring. Some of the major accomplishments of DeVos students are:
- We have gone from the newest program in 2002 to being named one of the top five programs in America by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and Forbes Magazine.
- In 2009, the DeVos Program was named the nation’s number one MBA program for service and leadership.
- 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. DeVos students have spent 40 weeks helping to rebuild more than 100 homes in New Orleans.
- The trip for the Class of 2013 was to Chicago, Illinois, where our students met with executives from the Paragon Marketing Group, Big Ten Conference Office, University of Notre Dame, Chicago Fire, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs. Previous class trips have been to Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Boston. The class of 2014 went to New York in September 2013 where we met with the NBA, NFL, MLS, St. John's University Athletics, the NY Mets and ESPN.
- It was announced in 2012 that Donna Orender, Judy Sweet and Dan Guerrero had become senior associate director of the DeVos Program. Orender is the former president of the WNBA. Sweet was the first woman to be an athletics director at a DI school and the first woman to be NCAA president. Guerrero is athletics director at UCLA. In 2013, Floyd Keith, the former director of the Black Coaches and Administrators, joined this prestigious group.
- In 2013, Tony Schiller, a co-founder of Paragon Marketing Group, became the chair of the DeVos National Advisory Board.
- The DeVos Program now has an ESPN Executive-in-Residence Program in which a senior executive from ESPN spends time in residence each year at the DeVos program. It is the only program in the country with such a relationship with ESPN.
- The Sport Business Management Minor is the third-largest minor within the College of Business Administration.
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 C. Keith Harrison, Ed.D., Prof. Scott Bukstein, and Michael Redlick 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. Redlick 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