Former Springfield park district executive, alumnus addresses Benedictine’s first $10K MBA graduates

October 14, 2015

Springfield, Illinois ~ Mark A. Bartolozzi, a 1983 graduate of Springfield College in Illinois and a funds manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services, addressed graduates of Benedictine University at Springfield's $10K M.B.A. program during a reception October 10 at the Brinkerhoff Home.

Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program has been preparing students for executive and managerial positions for more than 35 years. The National Moser Center for Adult Learning at Benedictine now offers an 18-month, $10,000 M.B.A. program on the Springfield campus so students have a greater chance for career advancement without spending a lot of money.

Benedictine's M.B.A. program has more than 5,000 alumni and was ranked the fifth-largest M.B.A. program in the Chicago area in 2015 by Crain's Chicago Business.

"While this first group of graduates from our $10K M.B.A. program in the Central Region had all of the typical challenges of a working adult trying to juggle family, work and their graduate education, they also had the added motivation of knowing that they could leave the academic experience with a more immediate return on their investment of time and money," said Michelle Kopptz, vice president of Adult and Professional Programs at Benedictine.

The 19 students who were awarded M.B.A. degrees were:

Brian Michael Alvey, Chatham
Matthew James Becker, Pleasant Plains
William Bishop, Springfield
Patrick Robert Burk, Springfield
Angela M. Burris, Springfield
Shauna Nicole Campo, Pawnee
Lisa J. Daniels,Cantrall
Amanda C. Hayes, Springfield
Henry Emil Janssen, Rochester
Lucas R. Kesterson, Springfield
Christina Maria McCaffrey, Springfield
Ryan S. Prehn, Chatham
Zachary W. Reed, Springfield
Teresa J. Shores, Auburn
Stephanie Lynn Stone, Springfield
Linea Syrcle, Sherman
Nicole Turner, Jacksonville
Shane A. Westbrook, Springfield
Yolonda Evette Wilder, Springfield

Bartolozzi, who earned a Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University at Springfield in 2012, works with more than 170 federal grants that support programs for Illinois residents. On a daily basis, he draws down millions of dollars from multiple federal drawdown systems. He also manages a small staff of accountants.

Previously, he worked for the Springfield Park District in finance and human resources. Bartolozzi serves on the board of directors of the Central Illinois Organization Development Network, is a member of the St. Louis Organization Development Network and serves on the Benedictine University Alumni Board. He is also an adjunct faculty member at BenU.

"This is a proud moment for all of us at the National Moser Center," Koppitz said. "It shows exactly why what we do makes a difference."

For more information about Benedictine's $10K M.B.A. program, contact the National Moser Center for Adult Learning at (877) 353-9622


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona, and Illinois learning centers in Bellwood and Naperville. The National Moser Center for Adult Learning offers adult undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in multiple formats and locations. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine University is ranked No. 2 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.


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