Faculty Focus: Maurice Hladik
Maurice Hladik Brings Energy to the Educational Experience
Maurice Hladik , Faculty
Graduate School of Management and Technology
When Maurice Hladik ran into his friend and colleague Jane Ross in Seoul, Korea, he couldn’t have imagined how the course of events would ultimately unfold.
Dr. Ross, MBA program director in global business at UMUC, remembered the impact Maurice’s lecture on globalization had at Korea Register of Shipping, and saw an opportunity to enhance her students’ formal coursework with contemporary, real-world experience. The demand for the topic seemed to respond perfectly to the school’s identified need for more practical, hands-on learning formats. She requested Maurice to conduct the lecture via teleconference to the students in the MBA program. And so it began. Maurice started service in the MBA program at UMUC in 2002 as a guest lecturer in the areas of sustainable business development and alternative sources of energy.
Possessing an engaging personality and a depth of unique business experience, Maurice’s lectures drew large audiences. As the MBA program grew and the university realized the need for more direct involvement from international business leaders, in 2004 he was invited to become the school’s first Executive in Residence. Later, it was learned that this was not just a milestone within UMUC. In fact, Maurice is the first-ever “virtual Executive in Residence”. He has since co-presented at major conferences on the subject of “introducing an Executive in Residence” into an online program, influencing other schools to adopt similar programs.
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