Special Projects

VP Operations supports the goals of ABA and the University by engaging in special projects and events.

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 features speakers from private industry, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. 

The most recent featured speaker was 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 which opened in late 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.