First Graduates Receive Degrees from the Newly Named David B. O’Maley College of Business

College of Business grads wearing graduation robes and caps, in the ICI Center atrium.
The first-ever graduates from the David B. O’Maley College of Business have crossed the stage to receive their diplomas at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. The Dec. 17 commencement welcomed 27 new College of Business graduates to the alumni ranks.

The college was officially named for O’Maley in a ceremony on Nov. 13, 2018, honoring his service and contributions to the university. O’Maley says he intends for his gift to help create aviation business leaders.  Funding will focus on supporting faculty development within the college.

“We see this gift as a unique and powerful way to leverage aviation and business education,” says O’Maley.

Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler sees the gift as a game-changer. “It’s a key moment for business education at Embry-Riddle,” he says.  “[This gift] helps us expand our reach and more closely integrate business education into our other areas of focus – engineering and aviation – as we move into the future.”

Michael Williams, dean of the College of Business, says the O’Maley family’s support will support transformative ideas and technologies to create breakthroughs in industry operations, safety and manufacturing.

An in-depth look at the impact of this gift on Embry-Riddle’s future business students will be available in the Spring 2018 issue of Lift, Embry-Riddle’s alumni magazine and flagship university news publication.

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