University facilitator wins leadership award
WAYNESBURG – Dr. Darryl Husenits, Consol Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s master of business administration program, was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award.
The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.”
Husenits worked with representatives from Waynesburg as well as Dr. George Smith, general manager of value chain at Consol Energy and an alumnus of the university’s MBA Program, and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, manager of e-services at Consol Energy, to develop strategic curriculum for an Energy Management Concentration for the university’s MBA Program. The Energy Management Concentration was launched in 2012.
“This team was able to help Waynesburg design and implement our concentration in Energy Management,” said David Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University. “We always look for ways to improve and enhance our curriculum. Husenits, Smith and Cooper were instrumental with this process.”
According to Mariner, through communication with students and employers, the university determined there was a need to implement curriculum into the MBA degree geared toward the energy industry.
“We noticed an increase in enrollment from students working in the energy field,” Mariner said. “It was an easy choice to reach out to Dr. Husenits because of his experience and education, not to mention he was an alumnus of our MBA Program. Dr. Husenits then helped us to connect to Dr. Smith and Dr. Cooper.”
According to Husenits, the university’s Energy Management Concentration fills a void in higher education, as “it provides students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers.”
“The focus of the program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration also provides practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” said Husenits, who has taught courses for the concentration since its inception.
Husenits holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Seton Hill University, an MBA in applied business from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University.
Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.
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