College of Business

Executives on Campus

Greg Chagaris guest lectures as part of Executives on Campus

Greg Chagaris (Co-Founder of Outsell, Inc.) guest lectures as part of Executives on Campus 2015

Every spring the Dean of the College of Business invites a group of our most successful alumni and friends to share their talents and knowledge with hundreds of our students in and out of the classroom. While faculty do an amazing job preparing students for real world challenges and professional opportunities, there is no replacement for hearing from CEOs, CPAs, and Corporate Directors about business concepts, case studies, and best practices for advancing up the career ladder. 

The visiting alumni and friends are each asked to lecture and facilitate discussions in two separate classes that happen on the date of Executives on Campus. These courses are selected based on the expertise areas of the visitors and the needs of the instructors. Students will be given ample time to ask questions and have an open exchange, because some of the best learning happens through conversation with trusted mentors. 

2019 Roster

Visiting ExpertTitleCompany
Gary Bedford ('77)Independent Wealth & Financial AdvisorBedford Wealth Advisors
Cindy Bennington-Foor ('90)Vice President & Regional ManagerTri Counties Bank
Sen. Bill Dodd ('78)California State SenatorSenate District 3
Suki Mann ('06)PartnerSensiba San Filippo
Tim Merrifield ('89)Sr. Director of Corporate Development M&A IntegrationCoupa
Heath Prichard ('10)PartnerNew York Life Insurance Company
Julio Quinones ('01)CEOHealthy Living Network
Katie Santa Cruz ('05)Sr. Relationship Manager for Global Commercial BankingBank of America
Jason Walker ('93)Chief Revenue OfficerGPS Insight

Features of the Day

While the event has student learning at its core, it also is designed to grow the faculty’s professional network, maximize alumni relationship building, and deepen the connection between business needs and ongoing programmatic development. Plus, the experience is designed to be fun. The agenda for visiting professionals can include some or all of following elements:

  • Lectures and exchanges in two separate classes
  • Lounge with refreshments to connect with fellow "Executives on Campus” and take a break
  • Campus tour
  • Student event participation opportunities

Alumni who are interested in participating in future Executives on Campus events should contact the College of Business Director of Development, Ed Phillips.