Chatham MBA Alumna Jacqueline Travisano Receives 2014 Glass Ceiling Award


Jacqueline  Travisano, MBA graduate of Chatham University, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has been named a 2014 recipient of the Glass Ceiling Award presented by the Florida Diversity Council. Recipients of the Glass Ceiling Award were honored for demonstrating leadership excellence, maintaining a steady increase in responsibility throughout a career, establishing a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise, providing a positive influence in the workplace, and demonstrating integrity and high ethical standards.

Travisano’s career has encompassed over two decades of service to higher education and non-profit organizations in various capacities. Immediately prior to joining NSU, Travisano served as vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

NSU is the second largest private, not-for-profit university in the Southeast and 9th largest in the nation. As you can imagine, Travisano’s position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer requires critical thinking, consensus building, financial acumen, and excellent communication skills in overseeing the operations of the University. “All of these skills were refined through my participation in the MBA program at Chatham,” Travisano says.

During Travisano’s time at Chatham, Dr. Lynne Morrow, director of the MBA program, was “absolutely instrumental” in guiding her through completion of the program while working full time. Travisano was the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at Chatham University. She was responsible for forecasting revenue, student billing, payroll, and controlling the University’s financials.  She says, “The leadership position I held during employment at Chatham University from 1998 – 2004 helped to strengthen my foundational knowledge of higher education.  I am grateful to Dr. Barazzone and the team I worked with for the experience.”

Travisano is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in higher education leadership.  It is her goal to complete the program by 2016.  This is both a personal and professional challenge due to the demands of her career and a goal she is passionate about achieving. Travisano stresses that the MBA remains a valuable credential when seeking to rise within the ranks of employment, regardless of profession.  She encourages all current MBA students to engage as much as possible with professors and fellow students as they become a valuable network for the future.

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