ATHENS, Ga. — Peter J. Shedd is the new director of the full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. He succeeded Melvin R. Crask as director on June 1. Crask is serving as the college's associate dean for academic programs on an interim basis.
A professor of legal studies, Shedd has been on the Terry College faculty for 28 years and has served in several administrative roles on campus, including as associate dean in the business school (1985-86), as executive assistant to the president (1986-88) and as associate vice president for instruction (1999-2003). Currently, he also is the faculty director of the Executive Leadership Program within the State of Georgia Leadership Institute.
"Peter is one of the best teachers in the Terry College and the entire University of Georgia," said Dean P. George Benson. "He understands the needs of our students and their career aspirations. Through involvement in all five of our MBA programs and our undergraduate program, he knows the importance of the full-time MBA in building the reputation and enrollment of all of our degree programs, including the undergraduate program. In addition, Peter has a strong commitment to all that we're doing in the area of personal leadership assessment and development."
"I have been privileged to teach MBA students for many years," Shedd said. "Now I am excited to be working with the outstanding MBA staff assembled here and look forward to tackling the challenges and opportunities that will help us maintain our position as a leader in management education."
An award-winning teacher and recipient of UGA's highest honor for instructional excellence, known as the Meigs Award, Shedd also is the author of two leading textbooks in the areas of business law and the legal and regulatory environment of business.
He has the distinction of being one of the very few faculty members to have taught in all five of the Terry College's MBA programs: the full-time program in Athens, the Executive MBA and part-time Evening MBA programs in Atlanta, a customized MBA program for IBM Business Consulting Services and another customized MBA program for managers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. The full-time MBA at the Terry College dates back to the 1920s as a recognized degree program. The other four MBA programs have all been established since 1998.
At the graduate level, Shedd has most frequently taught courses in negotiations and the legal environment of business. He has been the recipient of outstanding teaching awards from the full-time, evening, and IBM MBA programs, as voted on by students in those programs.
An alumnus of UGA with a bachelor's degree in business and a law degree, Shedd is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the American Arbitration Association and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.
The Terry College's bachelor's and MBA programs are consistently ranked among the top 20 public business schools by U.S. News and World Report, Business Week and other college guides. The full-time MBA in Athens is offered as an accelerated 11-month program for qualified candidates with undergraduate degrees in business and as a two-year program for applicants with degrees in other disciplines. Both programs offer not only the technical competencies expected of MBA graduates, but also a behavioral approach to leadership development that positions them for career success. Leadership experiences and skills practice are woven into the MBA curricular and extracurricular programming. And in a truly unique approach to teaching leadership, MBAs work individually with professional coaches to help them integrate business acumen with leadership skills.