Pioneering Keller Graduate School of Management Turns 40

DeVry University’s graduate school has delivered innovative, quality higher education to more than 50,000 alumni since 1973, including many of today’s business leaders

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 22, 2013

This month, DeVry University celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Keller Graduate School of Management. Throughout its four-decade history, the institution has established itself as a pioneer in graduate-level higher education, with more than 50,000 alumni who are proud to call Keller Graduate School of Management their alma mater.

Founded as the CBA Institute in 1973 by Dennis Keller and Ron Taylor, the Chicago-based institution became Keller Graduate School of Management in 1976. The institution quickly established its commitment to quality education by becoming the first private-sector institution to receive regional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA) in 1977. Originally offering a Certificate in Business Administration, the institution later became the forerunner of the “Executive MBA” programs that would emerge decades later.

In 1987, Keller Graduate School of Management acquired DeVry Institute of Technology to create DeVry Inc. In 1998, Keller was one of the first graduate schools to offer its master’s degree programs online. In 2002, Keller Graduate School of Management and DeVry Institute of Technology merged to form DeVry University.

“For the past 40 years, Keller Graduate School of Management has maintained a commitment to serving the needs of working adult students and the organizations that employ them,” said Donna Loraine, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. “We have broadened our program offerings and continue to deliver a career-oriented education that prepares students to achieve their educational and career goals.”

To celebrate 40 years of alumni success, DeVry University is compiling “40 for 40th,” a collection of profiles and perspectives from the graduate school’s alumni now serving in top management positions and influential roles in today’s dynamic business world. Featured Keller Graduate School of Management alumni include:

  • Dr. William D. Barnhart (’88), chief of geriatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago
  • Dean DeBiase (’84), chairman and CEO, Reboot Partners
  • Susan Malecha (’91), national lead, Managed Care Liaisons, Genentech
  • Alex Marchetti (’77), president, Whitestone Marketing
  • William S. Marth (’89), president and CEO, Teva North America and Teva USA
  • Dr. Manu K. Vora (’85), chairman and president, Business Excellence, Inc.

Additional Keller alumni honorees can be found on the website of the Alumni Association of DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management. For more information about the graduate-level degree and certificate programs currently offered at Keller Graduate School of Management, please visit

About Keller Graduate School of Management

Since 1973, DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management has delivered relevant, credible graduate education to thousands of students nationwide. Keller offers eight master’s degree programs in management, as well as a variety of graduate certificate programs that provide its students with a high-quality, flexible educational experience. Keller’s academic portfolio includes its flagship MBA program that allows students to tailor nearly 40 percent of the program to one’s career interest and goals. In addition, Keller’s specialty master’s degree programs and graduate certificate offerings expand the range of learning to some of today’s most in-demand disciplines. Keller’s curriculum is highly responsive to industry trends and taught by working professionals across a nationwide network of more than 90 locations, with both online and on-campus classes available.

Seven of Keller master's degree programs have achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP,, demonstrating that they have met standards of business education that promote teaching excellence. For information about which programs have earned ACBSP accreditation, visit

DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. DeVry University is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information, find us on twitter @KellerGraduate or visit

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DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit


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