WMFE President and CEO Awarded Prestigious Martin Bell Scholarship

June 25, 2008








José A. FajardoThe Rollins MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, the top MBA program in Florida, is pleased to announce that José 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 of the Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc.; Gary Cain of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; Hope Kramer of the BETA Center; and Ignacio Esteban of the 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 José 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.”


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