Roberto Curci, Ph.D. in Business Administration ‘99
Where are you originally from?
What are you doing now?
I am currently working at the College of Business at Butler University. My position is Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Eugene Ratliff Endowed Chair Professor of Finance.
What are your career goals?
To become an outstanding academic leader and to design and implement academic programs that provide superior value to students, industry, and other university stakeholders.
To exhibit superior commitment to diversity and to facilitate the integration of individuals and institutions into the mainstream U.S. society and to the rest of the world.
What has your UTPA graduate education done for you?
I will always appreciate the opportunity UTPA offered me to work during my doctoral studies with outstanding and committed faculty members. My professors provided me the proper training in the scientific research process and also made it easy for me to understand the literature within my chosen field of specialization. The doctoral program at UTPA prepared me tremendously to become a faculty member with a deeply commitment to superior teaching research.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience?
My UTPA experience was outstanding. My learning took place not only through exceptional interactions with faculty members, staff, and administrators but also through engagements with a very diverse group of Ph.D. students who broadly represented the world. My experience at UTPA was unique.
Best tip for success?
Work hard, be nice, and don’t create mental limits; try your best and shoot as high as possible.
Do you have any advice for prospective graduate students?
The long-term return on your investment will be positively correlated to the time and energy you put into it. Be prepared to work hard and to go the extra mile.
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