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New Business Dean Tennessean’s Top Business Story

The Tennessean introduces Nashville to the new dean of Belmont University’s College of Business Administration, Dr. J. Patrick Raines.

Raines is particularly interested in bringing to Belmont aspects of the latter program, which created a specialized MBA for employees of large Richmond-based corporations, such as Capital One, the large credit card company. Besides taking traditional graduate business courses, students’ curriculum was supplemented with more in-depth studies on topics considered key to their employer, such as financial management in the case of Capital One or supply chain management for a manufacturing firm.
”I think there is a real opportunity with the corporate environment that exists in Nashville to customize an MBA program for a single corporation,” Raines said in a telephone interview late last week.
Raines also said he is impressed with the size and scope of Nashville’s entertainment and health-care industries and hopes to further Belmont’s efforts to offer specialized studies in those areas. He also sees opportunities to enhance the school’s programs for full-time executives.
Belmont President Robert Fisher said Raines was a ”perfect match” because he shares the university’s interest in fostering entrepreneurship and business innovation, a legacy he said started with Jack Massey, the legendary businessman whose financial support helped Belmont launch its graduate business program in 1986.

You can read the press release here.

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