Boeing selects Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as ‘focus school’

The Boeing Corp. has selected Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott as a “focus school.” What that means, said Robin Sobotta, Associate Dean of Business in the newly created College of Business, is that the program has become a priority from which Boeing recruits supply-chain management personnel.

Only a handful of programs nationally have earned that designation, Sobotta said.

“Boeing’s decision to place our program in the top tier puts us in the company of such prominent schools as Stanford,” she said.

Sobotta explained that in the past five years, more than 80 percent of the ERAU business students chosen as summer interns have been offered full-time positions with Boeing.

Most recently, six business majors from the Prescott campus were selected for the supply-chain management program. The five women and one man are all majoring in aviation business administration.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company. It specializes in manufacturing commercial jetliners. It also emphasizes defense, space and security systems.

ERAU Chancellor Frank Ayers said the university was “proud of being nationally recognized for the achievements of its business students and faculty.”

He added, “The school will continue to prepare business leaders to meet the challenges of the future.”

Also worth noting is that ERAU campuses in Prescott, Daytona Beach and its worldwide branch campuses were named by U.S. News & World Report as No. 2 in the nation for online bachelor’s degree programs.

Only Ohio State University – Columbus was ranked higher. Temple University in Pennsylvania was named No. 3.