With Alumnus As President, UA Counts Connections to Panama

With Alumnus As President, UA Counts Connections to Panama
Ricardo Martinelli, UA '73 President of Panama

Almost lost in our Executive Q&A with Dan Hendrix, who heads the World Trade Center Arkansas in Rogers, was this question: How does your affiliation with the University of Arkansas benefit the center?

“Our relationship with the UA helps qualified students get international business experience, and students from colleges and universities throughout the state have participated in our student intern program. Most recently, we promoted programs in Panama with the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture Food & Life Sciences and the Division of Agriculture.”

Hendrix added that the university was in its second year of offering to Panamanian students a Certificate of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and that it plans to launch an MBA program for students in that country in March 2013. The UA’s Agriculture Division and Bumpers College are working on establishing an academic and cultural exchange program in Panama as well, he said.

What’s so special about Panama? Well, its president, Ricardo Martinelli, earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from UA in 1973 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the school in 2002.