Anna Kwong, MBA, who has been involved with Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Business Administration program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership since it began in 2014, has been named permanent chair of the program effective immediately.
“I am honored to serve as the Chair of Antioch’s MBA program and particularly excited because this is my hometown,” Anna said. “My vision is to recruit students from a broad spectrum of disciplines and provide them with a supportive learning community and high-powered executive training without forgetting the duty to serve and the goal to make a difference for the betterment of our world.”
Anna was born and raised in Hong Kong during the time it was a British Colony and has lived in the UK and in Canada, and in 2002, she became a proud American citizen. Her professional background includes international business management, leadership, and trade. In 1985, she started her global computer firm and has picked up the leadership and management role in various types of overseas trading and joint ventures for over the last twenty years.
Anna has a deep knowledge of the MBA program and Antioch and has developed strong relationships with the MBA students and alumni.
“As many of you know, Anna has served as the Interim Director of the MBA Program since September 2015 and was an adjunct faculty member in the MBA Program since its inception,” said Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD, AUSB’s Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs. “Her dedication to students and the quality of their educational experience has been deeply appreciated by all of us.”
Anna is excited to build on her work in the MBA program and execute her vision for its future.
“Business educational programs such as the MBA must not be built in isolation. The program was developed with Santa Barbara County in mind with input from local business leaders,” Anna said. “Our goal is to provide businesses – whether they are non-profit, for-profit, large or small – with a new generation of business leaders. Antioch graduates will be equipped to solve problems, lead effectively, and produce astounding results as well as creating a positive impact in our community.”
Anna has taught in the California Lutheran University MBA program for 20 years as an adjunct faculty member and also taught at Santa Barbara City College for over 16 years. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and her two canine kids, Mighty and Koko. She spends most of her free time teaching, traveling, enjoying life, and pursuing meaningful and contributive engagements in society.
Posted February 1, 2016