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DEAC Recognizes 2022 UMT Outstanding Graduate & Famous Alumni

ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 6, 2023

UMT is pleased to announce that Vickie Miller and Karen R.J. White were selected as UMT’s 2022 Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni respectively. Each year, DEAC conducts its Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni programs to recognize the achievements of the millions who study at a distance today.

UMT's 2022 Outstanding Graduate

Vickie Miller

Woodbury, NJ

Distance education made my dreams come true

Vickie Miller wanted to go back to school while working full-time and raising a family. She tried and found that her busy schedule made it difficult for her to attend op-campus colleges. That is when she discovered the University of Management and Technology and enrolled in their Business Administration program.

Vickie got married after high school and had her first child at twenty-two. College seemed hopeless. She eventually ended up joining the service. Juggling between work, family, and school was difficult. While researching alternatives to on-campus colleges, Vickie discovered that UMT had a variety of flexible and user-friendly programs that would fit into her current profession and broaden her knowledge for advancement. She enrolled in the Business Administration program and graduated with her Associate’s degree and further improved herself over the years with degrees in Public Administration and Engineering Management. Vickie was last enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program with a Project Management concentration. Vickie especially enjoyed the group discussions in courses so that she got to know her classmates. The knowledgeable and warm staff at UMT made the whole experience very pleasant.

Utilizing the skills and knowledge she learned from her degrees, Vickie was able to make good team decisions within the organization which enabled her to contribute to her current employer and career.

"I am sincerely thankful to the University of Management and Technology to broaden my area of knowledge and expertise. Those flexible and user-friendly programs turned my ambitious learning process into reality."

UMT's 2022 Famous Alumni

Karen White

Weare, NH

A full-time working adult and volunteer, I needed the schedule flexibility provided by distance learning

Dr. Karen White is Program Director and Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Granite State College in Rhode Island. She received a DBA at the University of Management and Technology. Her doctoral work was funded by a UMT scholarship issued through the Project Management Institute Education Foundation.

Karen’s achievements are substantial, ranging from a consultant in healthcare and project management, to a project management practitioner, to a college professor, to an author, to a cancer survivor, to an Army Reservist. She was awarded a BS in Information Systems (Northeastern University), an MS in Information Systems Management (Northeastern University School of Engineering), and a Doctor of Business Administration in Management (UMT).

Karen is particularly proud of her thought leadership contributions in two areas. First, as one of a handful of management practitioners who, years ago, recognized the value of implementing project management principles and practices in the healthcare arena. Second, as one of the first management experts to promote the use of agile practices employed in IT to manage all management efforts. She authored two books on the application of agile practices in project management (Agile Project Management: A Mandate for the 21st Century (2009); and Practical Project Management for the Agile Non-Profit (2013)).

Even as Karen earned a living as a consultant and educator, she dedicated a substantial portion of her time to volunteer service. Of particular note was her service to the Project Management Institute (PMI), which began in 1994 and continues today. As a PMI volunteer, she assumed several leadership roles that ultimately led her to be granted the award of PMI Fellow (2009) – one of only 40 people in a professional society of 600,000 people to be given this privilege. Karen is also proud of her volunteer service to various cancer-fighting causes over a twenty-year span.

"I am glad I was able to complete this degree studying with Dr. David Frame and Dr. Yanping Chen. Their respect for my existing knowledge, and how they shared their knowledge with me, made for a collegiate learning experience."

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