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The UST school moved up 10 spots from last year to rank No. 100 out of 453 AACSB-accredited full-time MBA programs. Harvard, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania tied for the top spot on the list. UST’s evening MBA program ranked 110th. The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management ranked 33rd and the University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked 27th.
“They’re a very good team,” Dean Christopher Puto said of the Opus College staff, students and supporters. “I’m proud of them.”
UST earned AACSB (the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation in January 2011 and has been eligible for the U.S. News list for three years.
Puto told the Star Tribune that the ranking “is a validation of the steps we’ve taken.”
The Opus College tied for the 100th spot with American University in Washington, D.C., Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky.
Puto, dean for the past 12 years, plans to retire at the end of this school year. The university is expected to announce a successor in the next several months.
• Ecumen, the senior housing and health nonprofit business, will receive the “Excellence in Dementia Care Award” on Monday in Washington, D.C., from Ellen Proxmire, in honor of her husband, the late U.S. Sen. William Proxmire, who died of Alzheimer’s, and LeadingAge, the national association of America’s nonprofit senior services organizations. Ecumen’s Awakenings program, profiled in the Star Tribune in December 2013, has reduced the use of antipsychotic medications among nursing home patients, greatly increased the quality of life for many and generates savings of up to $400,000 in Medicare/Medicaid drug purchases. The online article is at: www.tinyurl.com/mpn5mkn.
• Peter Reyes, the veteran intellectual property lawyer who left Cargill in 2013 to joined the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, was appointed this month to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Gov. Mark Dayton. Reyes, 49, the first in his family to attend college (University of St. Thomas), was also the first Minnesota president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.