Drexel LeBow Provides MBA Program at Vanguard

  • By Mark Eyerly

Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will be providing a customized MBA program to selected employees at Vanguard, one of the world’s largest and most respected mutual fund companies.

The first class, or cadre, of 34 students begins its coursework on Sept. 11. Students who successfully complete the two-year curriculum will receive a Drexel LeBow MBA in 2016. Instruction will be provided in-person at Drexel LeBow’s Malvern campus as well as online.

The first class includes 28 students that Vanguard selected from its Valley Forge headquarters, as well as four employees from Scottsdale, Ariz., one from Charlotte, N.C., and one from London. They range from four years of experience with Vanguard to 24 years; they serve in roles such as analyst, manager and technical lead.

“Vanguard invests heavily in developing talent. Our ongoing success depends upon having a highly skilled and globally minded crew to serve our clients,” said Sherryann Plesse, Vanguard’s chief learning officer. “We continuously challenge ourselves to improve. When we sought a partner to provide an MBA program designed specifically around our needs, Drexel LeBow and its Corporate and Executive Education program stood apart as a school that knows what it takes to sustain success in business.”

Frank Linnehan PhD., dean at Drexel LeBow, said: “Vanguard sets the standard by which other investment companies measure themselves. We are proud to be selected by a company with the exceptional performance and integrity of Vanguard.”

Drexel LeBow’s Corporate and Executive Education office provides thought leadership and business solutions through a variety of programs provided to corporations in the Philadelphia area and around the world. Clients include Independence Blue Cross, Lockheed Martin, City of Philadelphia, and Campbell Soup.