MBA Rock Star Professor Jeff Fahrenwald
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  • Title: Associate Professor of Business, Director of the MBA Program  
  • Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
  • Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business & Personnel and Master of Business Administration (Eastern Illinois University)
  • Years at RC: 23

For Jeff Fahrenwald, accepting a position at Rockford University was an easy decision. "It felt human and real,” he says, "that’s what endeared me to the place. I felt like I could fit in.” Now, 23 years later, Jeff retains his enthusiasm for RC, and specifically, for students of the MBA program.

"What I like about our MBA students is they seem to be going somewhere,” he says. "They’re great thinkers, energetic – their careers are on an upswing.” With small class sizes and a program created for adult learners, the classroom is never short of discussion; a mandatory component of many MBA courses.

For Jeff, the rewards of his job are tangible. "Every time I see a former student succeed, it reminds me of why I do what I do.” He continues, "For my ego, I like to say I had something to do with it, but the bottom line is they are just plain talented students.” That is why Jeff is a Rockford University Rock Star Professor.

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