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Former Amana manager named director of Executive MBA program at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The former manager of human resources for the Amana, Iowa plant of Amana Appliances Inc. has been named the new director of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration.

John H. Fraser, who spent more than 23 years with the appliance manufacturer, will administer an educational program designed for working executives to earn their MBA degrees in two years.

Fraser is an alumnus of the College of Business Administration, earning his MBA in 1996.

"We are delighted to have someone with John's extensive experience as our new director," said Gary Gaeth, associate dean of the UI School of Management. "As someone who has worked in sales, marketing and human resources, he really understands what top-level executives need in an educational program."

Fraser joined Amana in 1974 as manager of the company's West Coast direct account sales. Since then, he has been branch manager for Amana's West Coast operations, and manager of training for major home appliance sales.

He was named manager of human resources for the Amana plant in 1995.

He has also been an instructor for courses in sales and human relations in the Dale Carnegie program and was a three-time president of the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

Fraser holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.

Begun in 1979, the EMBA program is designed to allow management-level employees to earn a graduate degree in two years. Students generally have at least 10 years of work experience as managers before enrolling in the program.

A record 42 students are enrolled in the program for 1997-98.

12/10/97