June 19, 2008

President and CEO of WMFE Awarded Prestigious Martin Bell Scholarship

The Rollins MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, the top MBA program in Florida, is pleased to announce that Jose A. Fajardo is the 2008 recipient of the Martin Bell Scholarship. The president and CEO of WMFE, the group of public broadcasting stations for the greater Orlando area, and a director on the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors, Fajardo will receive a full scholarship to attend the Corporate MBA program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

"At this time when technology and broadcasting are drastically changing and the industry is more competitive than ever, I need all of the latest best business practices and philanthropic know-how associated with the Rollins MBA," Fajardo said. "In addition, the Rollins MBA program is structured to meet my needs as an executive, allowing me to apply what I learn in class to business challenges I face the very next day."

In partnership with the school's Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center, the Crummer Graduate School of Business annually provides funds for the Martin Bell Scholarship to be awarded to a senior-level executive of a nonprofit organization. The scholarship was established in 1988 in honor of Dr. Martin L. Bell, former director of the Rollins Executive MBA program (now known as the Corporate MBA) at Crummer Graduate School. Bell was a passionate advocate of MBA graduates using their skills to benefit charitable organizations.

The Scholarship has been awarded to 16 executives from Central Florida charities. Recent recipients of the Bell Scholarship include: Bakari Burns, the Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc.; Gary Cain, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; Hope Kramer, BETA Center; and Ignacio Esteban, Florida Community Loan Fund.

"All great leaders give back to their community," said Craig McAllaster, Dean of the Rollins MBA at the Crummer Graduate School. "As a leading MBA program in the region and the nation, we seek to demonstrate this principle with the Martin Bell Scholarship for the Corporate MBA. We're honored to have Jose with us, and know he will be a great asset in our mission to provide the region and the country with the very best leaders."

The Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center is a program of the Crummer Graduate School of Business. The Center provides educational programming, networking opportunities, consulting services and research to help increase the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and enhance the professional experience of the dedicated people whom they employ. In 2007, the Center provided training for 460 organizations, representing 3,200 participants.

About the Rollins MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business

The Rollins MBA at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, located in Winter Park, Florida, has been consistently ranked a top MBA program by Forbes Magazine and BusinessWeek. It is among a select group of elite business schools in the nation that have been accredited at the graduate level and is distinguished by its faculty and the academic and business successes of its graduates.

Rollins College

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida's oldest recognized college, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's best colleges." The College of Arts & Sciences offers full-time undergraduate programs in the liberal arts. The Hamilton Holt School serves the Central Florida community by offering exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs during evenings and weekends to students diverse in age, experience and professional development. The Crummer Graduate School of Business is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine among the best business schools for return on investment, and Forbes recently ranked the MBA program No. 1 overall in Florida. For more information about Rollins, visit our Web site at www.rollins.edu.