Great Grads: Nancy Secen ’01
A 2001 graduate of the fourth Executive MBA class, Nancy Secen credits the program’s professors and said she appreciates that it is designed for those who work full time to also be able to take a full course load. “I gained a lot of knowledge from a financial, economic and marketing perspective but particularly in strategic planning. My experience at UALR helped me perform my job better,” Secen said. The graduate degree certainly didn’t hinder her from the promotion she soon received. Secen has been employed by Kimberly-Clark for 23 years working in a number of positions at several locations. She is currently part of the operations team leading systems implementation for the Maumelle site that produces Huggies baby wipes. The global corporation gives her the opportunity to communicate and work on an international level.
Secen continues to stay in touch with her “EMBA” classmates as well as those from other classes. A fellow alum influenced her to get involved with the Alumni Association in the fall of 2005. “It’s been a very good thing. We have some really great people on the board who are active,” she remarked. As chair of the Scholarship Committee, Secen leads the selection process reviewing scholarship applications. She said the committee received a lot more applications this year than last year. “We are able to award six scholarships this year. We’re working to increase funding for scholarships, so hopefully in the future we can give more out.”
Secen also lives in Maumelle, where she currently serves as vice president of the Maumelle Economic Development Corporation. In her spare time, she is an avid bike rider. You can find her most weekends enjoying the River Trail.