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Background in Academia anyone?

As you know, Bob, I've been looking into my options on going back to school for an MBA. Last week I took the GMAT (MBA entrance exam basically) and got a 600, which is decent but not phenomenal.

So I was quite surprised this Monday to get a call from Seattle U (one of the two schools I had sent my score to) recommending that I apply for the Leadership Executive MBA program there. I hadn't really considered it before this, but now that I've had a chance to read up on the program I think it would be a very good fit for me, and me for it.

So I've been working on my application all week, in between working in Seattle and cleaning the house before our expected guests arrive. I hope to be done by this weekend.

My question for LJ-land, especially for those of you with more experience with college than I have:
I need to provide two recommendations from supervisors.
One is easy, Phil and Kaja are my supervisors at my current workplace.

Puzzling about the second has left me with three choices:
Do I ask Bob Mau (Head of Accelerator Operations at Fermilab, who was my supervisor from 1984 to 1988) even though he can't speak to the intervening twenty years of business experience?

Do I ask Greg Ketter (owner of DreamHaven Books, my business partner from 1988 to 1994 and the buyer of my business when I closed in 2004)? Although we had a close business relationship, and remain very good friends, Greg's role in the business was mostly financial and advisory, with no supervisory element.

Do I ask Bruce Schneier (well known cryptography expert and security consultant), who was never my supervisor in any capacity, but may be the best of the three of them at evaluating whether the Executive MBA program would be a good fit.

Thoughts?

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mbcrui
Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ask Bruce. It never hurts to have a *name*, even if he was not your supervisor, he can speak to your character and stick-to-it-ness.
qnofhrt
Aug. 2nd, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ask Bruce. It never hurts to have a *name*

Wait - you're assuming a business person - no, an academic business person is going to have heard of Bruce?

I guess I can see listing him as founder and former whatever he was at Counterpane (CEO? CTO?) but I'd be real surprised if somebody at a business school knows who Bruce is in the world of computer security.
mbcrui
Aug. 2nd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
He's quoted in the WSJ all the time. I'd expect business people read that. The Business people at Tech were all over him because he often talks to big business. And I expect business people know how to use Google.

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