Special Projects

The ABA Speaker Series

This is a continuation of a successful ABA Guest Speaker Program established in 1996 which provided information about quality programs and methodology and promoted quality improvement efforts. This new series will have a broader focus and include general topics of interest to the campus community.The purpose of the series is to provide an open, unbiased forum for the exchange of ideas and bring intellectual enrichment to the campus community. The series will feature speakers from private industry, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. 

This semester’s featured speaker will be Kunal Merchant, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Merchant has a special focus on the new downtown entertainment and sports center scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.  In previous roles, he has served as Executive Director of Think BIG Sacramento and served as Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Chief of Staff.  Merchant graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

For more information about this semester's ABA Speaker Series, please click on the flyer below.