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Beth Grant receives special honors with MBA from WKU

Senior Bank of Columbia Vice President of Operations Beth Grant added a graduate program on top of career and family responsibilities and wrapped it up with special honors. She received the distinction of being inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society as she completed her Masters in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University.
BGS is restricted to outstanding scholars in the business and management programs accredited by AASCB, the international association for Management Education. Membership represents the highest recognition business students can receive anywhere in the world.

In the spring of 1998 I began to think about changes occurring in my life, Beth says. The changes included some extra time available now that her last child was moving off to college, which offered the opportunity to reconsider personal goals. She had been thinking for some time about the graduate program at WKU and decided to apply for admission for an MBA. Graduate school was strictly for personal satisfaction, she says, not required nor sought to enhance her job, yet she continues to notice how the experience helps her in her work.

Just when things were taking a new and exciting turn in Beths life, her mother, Ruby Nickols, experienced a serious health crisis, diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy began in April and she was declared in remission that October. She encouraged her daughter to begin the MBA program in the spring of 1999.

I had graduated from WKU with a Bachelors in Accounting 22 years ago, Beth says, so it was a little intimidating being a non-traditional student in classes where the average age was 27 to 30. No wonder they all looked to me as Mom.

She took six hours per semester, balancing that with full time work at the bank and sharing a support role with her sister Sharon Coomer for their mother whose cancer reappeared in the winter of 2001. Beths final semester was bittersweet, attaining a lifetime goal and yet having to see her mother suffer. Mrs. Nickols was unable to attend the graduation ceremony but lived to know that Beth finished her degree program and share her happiness.

Beth is a strong advocate of higher education for women and feels WKU does an excellent job of recruiting women and demonstrating the necessity of education for greater success in the workplace. She also believes women need to become more assertive and insist on increased training. And dont let anyone tell you it cant be done, she says, If I can do it after being out of school for 22 years, anyone can!

Beth is married to Richard Grant, owner of CompuTech in Campbellsville, and they have three children, Andy, Julie and Jennifer, and three grandchildren, Trey and Susan Spinks, and Joshua Grant.

This story was posted on 2002-09-20 05:00:00
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