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One Hundred and Twelve Earned Degrees in The Duke MBA—Weekend Executive Program at The Fuqua School of Business

October 23, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. -- After two years of balancing graduate school with careers and personal life, 112 members of The Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive class of 2003 at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business received their degrees during a 1 p.m. ceremony on November 2 in Page Auditorium on Duke University's West Campus. The 112 graduates come from 19 different states and Mexico.

J. Brian Ferguson, chairman and chief executive officer of Eastman Chemical Company, gave the commencement address.

The Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive program is designed for middle-to-upper level managers who attend classes on Friday and Saturday of alternate weekends for 20 months. The first Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive class graduated in 1984 and new classes enter each January.

The following is a list of The Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive class of 2003 graduates from North Carolina:

Apex: Michael P. Kerouac, EMC Corporation; Pamela A. Mercuri; William C. Sanger, EMC Corporation

Cary: John Choi, Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company; Karen L. Graham, IBM Corporation; Pankaj K. Gupta; Raymond P. Kwiatek, Honeywell International; Nancy S. Shepherd, GlaxoSmithKline

Chapel Hill: Sergio Khomyak, UNC Hospitals; Holly M. Marcum, Long Life Pet Company

Charlotte: James Todd Earl, Duke Energy Corporation; Jason P. Mann, Wachovia; Robert L. McCarter III, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations; Jason S. Miller, Wachovia Securities; Clifford W. Perry III, Wachovia Securities; David N. Razavi, Lending Tree; Charles R. Readling, NCR; Mead R. Rusert, Carrier Corporation; Todd A. Schubert, Bank of America; William P. Stewart, DePuy Spine, Johnson & Johnson; Frederick W. Willis III, The Clorox Company

Clayton: Arun S. Kashyap, Eaton

Durham: Darren R. Anderson, IBM Corporation; Beth H. Emerson, EMC Corporation; Michael A. Hoeft, IBM Corporation; Garheng Kong, Intersouth Partners; Brandon L. Maddox, GlaxoSmithKline; Ewald W. Mueller, EMD Pharmaceuticals; Michael Rowe, IBM Corporation

Fayetteville: Robert E. Semrad, ArvinMeritor

Fuquay-Varina: Eric E. Alston, Tyco Electronics

Garner: Ken Lehner, Carolina Hurricanes

Greensboro: Thomas E. Christensen, Syngenta; Kurt Vermandel, Medibeg USA, Inc.

Hillsborough: David W. Conrad, Duke University Medical Center

Holly Springs: Eric M. John, ABB; Shannon C. Williams, Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology

Merry Hill: Mitch W. Collier, Intel Corporation

Morrisville: Yiwu He, GlaxoSmithKline

Newton: Donald R. Parris

Raleigh: Stacey A. Baer, IBM Corporation; Scot M. Braun, BB&T; Jonathan P. Brimfield, Cisco Systems; Joseph A. DiPrima, IBM Corporation; Mark S. Dold, John Deere; Tyrone D. Heath, John Deere; Ruqian Li, Elster Electricity LLC; Erik J. McCullough, IBM Corporation; Robert S. Parkinson, BB&T; Dhinesh P. Sadhwani, Nortel Networks; Shawnice L. Sekela, Progress Energy; Zeenat Sidi, RBC Financial Group

Rocky Mount: Darshan V. Khatavkar, Cummins Inc.; Michael R. Madsen, Honeywell International

Sanford: Joseph S. Holmes Jr., Acuity Global

Wake Forest: Matthew J. Mikeska, Progress Energy

Winston Salem: Dean Swindle, NovantHealth

The following is a list of The Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive class of 2003 graduates from outside of North Carolina:

Alabama: Kevin D. Weimer, Integrity Music

Arizona: Jeffrey C. Kiewel, Rain Bird Corp.

Arkansas: Leslie M. Compton, Entergy

Florida: Joseph R. Albritton, Albritton Companies; Bradley E. Neider, Cordis; John B. Olinger IV, Olinger Capital Management; Russell S. Orzel, CopperCom; David J. Owen, Motorola; Eric von Schnetzer, Northrop Grumman; Roberto E. Soto, FedEx Express

Georgia: Walter W. Dean, IBM Corporation; Timothy D. Foreman, Citizens Bank of Forsyth County; Terald L. Melton, BB&T; Brian W. Shimkaveg, United States Navy; Charles Kevin White, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; ML Zellers, Yancey Brothers Company

Kansas: Thomas W. Schroeder, Safety-Kleen

Maryland: Jeffrey W. Balko, W.R. Grace & Co.; Frederick (Fritz) Kass, United States Navy

Massachusetts: David P. Camire, Capital One Financial Services; Jason R. Kosty, MFS Investment Management

Michigan: Joshua J. Siano, CM&D

Minnesota: Jason W. Carlson

Missouri: Patrick M. Keane, Oldcastle APG Inc.

Ohio: David C. Dargatz, IBM Corporation; José G. Fú, Chiquita Fresh North America

Pennsylvania: Howard H. Atkins II, DuPont Dow Elastomers

South Carolina: C. Keith Ashworth, Aon; Robert J. Goulet, Milliken & Company; R. Brian Hall, Wachovia Securities; Christopher L. Ibsen, Porter-Gaud School

Tennessee: Bhaskar K. Arumugam, Eastman Chemical Company; Dwight A. Richeimer, Eastman Chemical Company

Texas: Luis A. Collazo, Cornell Companies; Bradley D. Courvelle, Shell Oil Company; Michael R. Williams

Virginia: John R. Arczynski, U.S. Department of State; David A. Arias, Swim Ways; Matthew P. Bartlett; Tom A. Broadhead; P. Scott Buckalew, Capital One; Micah N. Dalton, Capital One Financial Services; Cleighton L. Hilbert Jr., Davenport & Company LLC; Joseph C. Hines, Timmons Group; Scott N. King, Wyeth; Jiaying (Jennifer) L. Mallon, E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Company; Kenneth B. O' Connor, Lafarge North America; Antoinette L. Sheen, Augusta Health Care Inc.; Yang S. Shim, IBM Corporation; Steven P. Smith, Degussa Performance Chemicals; Peter S. Sobich
Jr., The White House; Suhas Uppalapati, User Technology Associates, Inc.; Michael A.Wade, Wachovia Securities

Wisconsin: Bobby L. Compton Jr., GE Medical Systems

Mexico: Carl A. Grobien, Hylsamex

The Fuqua School of Business ( www.fuqua.duke.edu ) was founded in 1969 and is now ranked among the top graduate schools of business in the United States. Fuqua offers its MBA degree in four formats. The Duke MBA -- Daytime is the school's flagship program; the other non-residential executive MBA options include The Duke MBA -- Weekend Executive, The Duke MBA -- Global Executive and The Duke MBA -- Cross Continent. Fuqua is also a leader in non-degree executive education.