Associate Dean Robert Bonner Elected to MBA Roundtable Board of Directors

VILLANOVA, PA, March 29, 2010—Robert Bonner, Villanova School of Business (VSB) associate dean for graduate and executive programs, has been elected to the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) board of directors. MBAR, established in 1995, is a graduate education think tank, dedicated to curricular innovation, with more than 150 business schools members worldwide.

Bonner joins a ten-member board overseeing MBAR's strategic initiatives, outreach, and finances. He will serve on the board’s research committee which conducts studies on management education trends and best practices to aid MBAR member schools with curricular change.

"The MBA Roundtable will greatly benefit from Bonner's experience in graduate management education, in particular his efforts to drive innovation within the MBA programs at Villanova, Wharton, and Temple," says MBAR executive director Carleen Kerttula. "Bob will have a key advisory role as we continue to expand offerings to member schools and advance curricular innovation in worldwide MBA education."

"I am honored and eager to join the MBA Roundtable board of directors," says Robert Bonner. "MBAR is a recognized leader in advancing graduate business curricula. It is a privilege to serve an organization that is helping drive change and continuous improvement in global management education."

In his role at VSB, Bonner oversees marketing and recruitment, admissions, program management, curriculum, career management, and alumni relations efforts for the school's graduate and executive programs which include The Villanova MBA and Executive MBA, specialized masters programs, and Executive Education.

Under Bonner’s leadership, The Villanova MBA is ranked among the nation’s top part-time MBA programs by BusinessWeek and the Financial Times ranks VSB's Executive MBA program #18 among US-based programs and #55 in the world. In 2009, Bonner spearheaded the expansion of The Villanova MBA program from Villanova's suburban Philadelphia campus to Center City, making the program more accessible to working professionals. He has also expanded VSB’s efforts in both custom and open enrollment executive education programs.

Robert Bonner joined VSB in 2008. Prior to Villanova he led the graduate programs at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and was one of the youngest directors at a top 10 MBA program during his tenure at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bonner has also served as an executive officer of the MBA Career Services Council. In 2008, his work in graduate business education was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of Philadelphia’s young leaders to watch in their “Top 40 Under 40.”

The MBA Roundtable is a collaborative, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995, that facilitates the exchange of information and resources on MBA curricular innovation. The organization fosters open discussions around the design and delivery of graduate business programs as a way to advance the practice of management worldwide. More than 150 business schools from across the world are members of the MBA Roundtable. For more information, visit

Founded in 1922, the Villanova School of Business is nationally recognized for its academic quality at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In the Villanova tradition, Augustinian values including social responsibility and ethical leadership are infused throughout VSB curricula. VSB offers seven graduate programs—including an MBA, EMBA, and Master of Science in Church Management—and seven undergraduate programs. For more information, visit

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