Southeast MO State named top school for sports management MBAs; Cortex CEO leaving in December; Rockhurst business school dean leaving; IP protection seminars

Southeast Missouri State University‘s Harrison College of Business in Cape Girardeau tops the list of the best Online Sports Management MBA programs in the country, according to a ranking by ranking and resource site MBA Central.

MBA Central used data from several ranking systems around the country, including the National Center for Education Statistics, top business accreditation sites, and from each MBA website to determine which programs offer the most value in the areas of economics, public administration and sports management.

Topping the list in the Online Economics MBA ranking is Ball State University‘s Miller College of Business in Muncie, Indiana. The No. 1 ranked program for Online Public Administration MBA is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University‘s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The only other Missouri school on the MBA Central list was University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg. The other 43 schools on the list weren’t ranked numerically.


Dennis Lower, president and CEO of St. Louis’ Cortex Innovation Community, is stepping down at the end of the year. He joined Cortex in 2010. Since that time, the innovation community has grown from 35 companies to about 400.

Cortex was formed in 2002 through an initial investment of $29 million from Washington University, BJC HealthCare, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Cheryl McConnell, dean of the business school at Rockhurst University, will join Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as Provost and vice president for academic affairs effective June 15. She succeeds Jeanne Brady who will retire in June.

Mark Reed, president of St. Joseph’s, described McConnell as “a strategic thinker, innovator, collaborator and action-oriented leader who is committed to excellence and mission. As we diversify our academic portfolio, open a new school, forge partnerships and raise the national profile of Saint Joseph’s, she is exactly the academic leader we need at the helm.”

McConnell, who will join the accounting faculty at SJU, received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Wichita State University. Prior to her academic career, McConnell was a senior accountant at former Big 5 accounting firm Arthur Anderson.


Learn how to protect your company’s Intellectual Property rights at a series of seminars coming to Missouri.

The seminars are presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration & Patent and Trademark Office.

Among the topics to be addressed by trade experts and attorneys will be:

  • How to identify and protect your intellectual property assets;
  • Mechanisms for obtaining IP protection in overseas markets and strategies for determining where to seek protection;
  • How to record your mark with Customs to exclude counterfeit goods from entering the U.S.;
  • How to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites;
  • Government resources available to help you with IPR issues.

The seminars will be presented in Kansas City on March 5 and in St. Louis March 7. One-on-one appointments are available. 

You can get more information here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.