Baylor EMBA 2012
President - Northeast Texas Division, BancorpSouth
"Meeting His Own Expectations"
Mike Henderson has a lot of expectations. "My expectations of an executive MBA program are that the level of education will be enhanced by the quality and experience of the students involved. I expect to have discussions covering relevant material with individuals of wide-ranging viewpoints," says the banker from Tyler, Texas. With 15 years invested in the banking industry, and currently serving as Division President for BancorpSouth, Mike also expects an MBA to be the catalyst toward his goal of advancing to regional, corporate, and CEO positions.
Mike looked at several different programs before settling on Baylor. During his first visit, the small class size and engaging environment sealed the deal for him. "The class size allows all of the students to be close," says Mike. "Also, the diversity of the study groups with the varied industries, years of experience, and personality traits makes for more impactful learning."
In addition to small class size and diverse cohorts, another attraction for the son of a truck driver and a hair dresser was the trip to Washington D.C. and the international trip. "I have lived in small towns all my life, I enjoy traveling and the two trips were a draw to this program for me," he says.
Mike had another expectation while pursuing his MBA at Baylor: he wanted to learn. "I wasn't just looking for an MBA - I was looking for a challenge." Have his expectations been met? "The experience is exactly what I had in mind," he says with enthusiasm, "I am just thrilled, I have not had one disappointment and I can't imagine a better program."