|Second-year MBA student named to ESPN
Academic All-American football team
Despite the fact Stan White Jr. was a high-achieving undergraduate student who routinely made the dean’s list, his admission to the 3-2 MBA program did meet with some initial skepticism.
He is, after all, a football player. White, now a second-year MBA student majoring in finance, was the starting fullback for the Buckeyes this past season.
“Knowing the rigorous requirements of the MBA program, I was skeptical that Stan could balance the demands of varsity football and the demands of the MBA program,” said David Smith, director of the Graduate Programs Office. “In fact, I doubted that doing both was possible. Stan, however, made a believer out of me, as he has consistently kept his academic commitments and performed as well in the classroom as on the football field.”
With the same fierce dedication that made the Buckeyes one of the nation's top teams this past season, White is excelling in his graduate-level classes with an iron-willed determination.
The 23-year-old called his two pursuits—business education and football—passions that mutually support each other.
“I think the skill sets I’ve learned in football—hard work, the drive—has enabled me to compete at the high level necessary for the MBA program,” White said. By the same token he said, “the first rate education I’m getting here at Fisher helps me on the football field. It has definitely helped me to be a more intelligent player.
“Business and athletics have a lot of things in common. I think that’s why you see athletes who are very successful in the business world. The competitive nature of business is something we are accustomed to from participating in athletics. I can see myself working for a Fortune 500 company as well as owning a business.”
He said his attention is evenly split between academics and athletics. “I devote about 40 to 50 hours a week to football and I also devote about 40 to 50 hours a week to school work,” he said.
White’s classmates were impressed by his commitment to studies. "Although Stan's schedule during the fall was probably more hectic than most given his commitment to the football program, he worked diligently to make all team meetings, to contribute to all team projects and to produce all deliverables,” said Austin Barger, White’s teammate in the course Sustainability: Business and the Environment. “Overall, Stan was a valuable team member and classmate."
During White’s junior year, he was admitted into the 2007 MBA class through the 3-2 program. The program allows outstanding undergraduate students to begin taking MBA classes during their senior year, enabling them to complete both the four-year undergraduate degree and the two-year MBA program in five years. White will graduate in June 2007.
White did not play his freshman year, he was classified as a “red shirt.” Since he was “red shirted,” White was eligible to play this year as a graduate student.
White said he hopes to have a professional football career. While prospects with the NFL are promising, he does not let those objectives overshadow his education and plans for a business career.
“The MBA program has totally changed my thinking. I know how to ask the right questions, even moving forward with football.”
In December, he was named to ESPN magazine’s first team Academic All-American football team. According to the magazine, to be eligible for the team a player must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 and have reached at least a sophomore athletic and academic standing.
White’s portrait will be hung in the Woody Hayes Athletic facility, where the football team trains.