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The Class of 2016: Meet Christopher Van Besien PH/TX'00, MBA'16

By Jenna Pizzi

besienLooking for a strong MBA program while leaving enough time for his full-time job working in the pharmaceutical industry, CHRISTOPHER VAN BESIEN PH/TX’00, MBA’16 found the perfect fit at USciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.

“The evening and online program was very conducive to the unpredictable work and travel nature usually associated with clinical development professionals’ [careers], such as mine,” Van Besien said. “The flexibility of the program allowed me to complete the degree in exactly two years, while contributing toward clinical development project teams.”

Van Besien also said the real-life group learning approach he experienced in the classrooms at USciences reflects the skills needed to build highly successful teams in the workplace.

Van Besien will be joining Aeglea BioTherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical start-up company in Austin, Texas, and hopes to continue working in the corporate world to lead projects that will bring novel therapies to patients in need.

Commencement Snapshot

Class of 2016 Breakdown of Degrees Graduates by College

Total graduates: 844

Degrees granted: 844

Undergraduate degrees: 744

Graduate degrees: 100

Undergraduate-level grads: 744

Graduate-level grads: 100

Dual-degree graduates: 0

Men: 327

Women: 517

Age of youngest graduate: 19

Age of oldest graduate: 60

Number of states represented by graduates: 26

Number of countries represented by graduates (other than USA): 17

Number of graduates with a 3.40 GPA or higher: 398

Undergraduate: 306

Graduate: 92

BS: 322

BSHS: 112

MBA: 18

MOT: 43

MPH: 18

MS: 35


DPT: 66

DrOT: 15

PharmD: 186

PhD: 9

Mayes College: 72

Misher College: 82

PCP: 434

Samson College: 256

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