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Director tapped for MBA program


A new leader has been named for a Cumming-based educational program.

According to a news release from North Georgia College & State University, Kelli Crickey has been appointed director of the Master of Business Administration program in the Mike Cottrell School of Business.

The program, which began in 2008, is housed in Cumming City Hall.

This fall the two-year, part-time program will move to the college’s new University Center Georgia 400 facility, which is under construction at a site on Pilgrim Mill Road near Ga. 400 at Exit 16.

The director position is new to the program, said Edie Rogers, a spokeswoman for the university.

John Douglas, who served as marketing director for the program, helped it get established and had worked in a leadership role.

In a statement, Crickey said she looks forward to helping guide professionals as they move along their personal career paths.

“I have the privilege of playing a role in people’s lives as they take this step [to earn a master’s degree],” she said. “I get to talk to people as they are deciding, ‘Is this the right program? Is this the right time in my career and in my life?’

“We have a great program and it’s nice to talk to people and decide if it is the right one for them.”

Crickey, who lives in Dawson County, came to North Georgia four years ago after spending 14 years with Nordstrom Corp.

In addition to her new role as MBA director, she is also an instructor in the Mike Cottrell School of Business, teaching undergraduate courses in international business, operations management and business management.

Crickey, who holds a MBA and two bachelor’s degrees in management, is pursuing a doctorate in business.