Innovative Program Helps Indiana’s Evansville Schools
Students in the MBOE Evansville program
Administrators for the Evansville Vanderburgh School District during an Master of Business Operational Excellence class session held in Evansville, Indiana.

The third largest school district in Indiana turned to Fisher to improve the schools business operations. The Evansville Vanderburgh School District enrolled 11 of its administrators in the Master of Business Operational Excellence program. The district sent administrators representing a cross section of sectors in the school district, including the offices of technology, transportation, facilities, and operations.

MBOE student David Smith, who was assistant superintendent for human resources and business affairs, was promoted to superintendent midway through the program.

The district invested more than $500,000 to put 11 people through the pilot program. Class sessions held in Evansville and Columbus were led by Betty and Joe Ziskovsky, senior lecturers in the Department of Management Sciences at Fisher. Said MBOE program manager Robert Mick: “The administration’s intention was that these mostly high level officials will then be able to teach continuous improvement and drive it from the top down through the school district. The student’s capstone projects have resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the school district already.”

Capstone projects undertaken by program participants reflected real issues facing the district — from making the best use of the bus fleet following a major budget reduction to making the school registration process more customer friendly.

MBOE Coaches

EMBA students discuss the program - click to watch view a photo slideshow

The MBOE program features industry professionals who serve as coaches to help students learn and grow within the program and advise class projects for work actually being done at the students’ companies.

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