The University of Notre Dame’s renowned Mendoza College of Business has announced the appointment of Paul C. Velasco as Director of Executive Education. Velasco was named interim director in October 2011 and previously was Director of Degree Programs for Executive Education.
Velasco praised the contributions of his colleagues, both to Notre Dame Executive Education and to his own personal growth.
“Over the past year, our team has significantly grown Executive Education, and laid the framework to develop new foreign and domestic opportunities for Notre Dame,” Velasco said.
Roger Huang, interim dean of the Mendoza College of Business, noted Velasco’s impressive work ethic, deep experience and extensive talents. In particular, he highlighted Velasco’s accomplishments as the program’s interim director.
“Above all, Paul is devoted to continuous learning and innovation,” Huang said.
In 2012, the Mendoza College of Business achieved the No. 1 overall spot in Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual ranking of undergraduate business programs. It was the third consecutive year that Mendoza College topped the poll.
Notre Dame Executive Education, which was founded in 1980, offers degree and non-degree programs designed to help executives and managers expand and bolster their business and leadership skills.
It also features Executive Certificate programs in Negotiation,Leadership and Management, and Business Administration, as well as an Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management, all of which are offered 100% online.
In February 2013, Notre Dame is scheduled to open the 54,000-square-foot Ralph C. Stayer Center for Executive Education, next to the Mendoza College of Business in Notre Dame, Indiana. That will mark the latest expansion of Notre Dame Executive Education, which also has locations in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
Velasco said he was happy to spearhead the growth of Executive Education, saying it would generate additional partnerships for Notre Dame.
“With new facilities such as the Stayer Center and our Notre Dame Chicago Commons, we have great opportunities to expand the depth and reach of the University’s unique values-centered leadership approach around the world,” he said.
Velasco joined the Mendoza College of Business in 2009. He previously was Executive MBA instructional technology director at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and also has lectured at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
In addition to his academic roles, Velasco has served as a consultant on antitrust issues for Fortune 100 firms, and state and federal agencies. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
“Paul Velasco fully understands our values and culture at the Mendoza College and is committed to excellence,” Huang said.