What does a retired U.S. Coast Guard aviation electronics technician who’s worked for Consumers Energy for more than a dozen years and has already earned multiple degrees, including an MBA, do for new challenges? If you’re Bob Johnson of Traverse City, you earn an online doctorate and run for an elected government position.
Six months into his elected position
as a member of the Grand Traverse
County Board of Commissioners, he believes the doctoral degree in business
administration he earned at Baker College Center for Graduate Studies is
helping him make that positive contribution to his community, fulfilling his
“My doctorate forever changed the way I look at information,” Johnson said. “I’m now constantly questioning where data came from, by whom and how it was gathered, and if there is any possible bias.”
Much of his work on the commission
requires thinking outside of the box and making tough choices. Among his
responsibilities are approving budgets, contracts and resolutions, and
providing direction for the administrator.
He said, “Baker College provided a demanding curriculum and welcoming instructors who understood the dynamics of an adult learner approaching new career opportunities.”
The Baker College online program is
structured as a three-year, 90-credit program and blends taught
interdisciplinary content and research seminars with assessed scholarly and
professional development activities. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, it is estimated that employment for individuals with doctoral
degrees will increase 16 percent by 2022.
As a county commissioner, Johnson is
a member of the Airport Commission, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the
Northern Nexus Committee, which helps with economic development.
He is continuing his day job as a
senior engineering technical analyst lead at Consumers Energy and is also serving
a term as member of the Michigan Veterans Facilities Board of Managers through
February 2016. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 to represent the American
Legion. This state board oversees the operation of the Grand Rapids Home for
Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
For more information about the Baker
College doctoral degree in business administration, contact Chuck Gurden in the
admissions office at 800.469.3165 or email@example.com,
or visit www.baker.edu/dba.