Faculty Focus: Maurice Hladik

Maurice Hladik Brings Energy to the Educational Experience

By Cheryl Balassone |   October 2010

Maurice Hladik , Faculty

Graduate School of Management and Technology

When Maurice Hladik ran into his  friend and colleague Jane Ross in Seoul, Korea, he couldn’t have imagined how  the course of events would ultimately unfold.

Dr. Ross, MBA program director in global business at UMUC, remembered the impact Maurice’s lecture on  globalization had at Korea Register of Shipping, and saw an opportunity to  enhance her students’ formal coursework with contemporary, real-world  experience. The demand for the topic seemed to respond perfectly to the  school’s identified need for more practical, hands-on learning formats. She  requested Maurice to conduct the lecture via teleconference to the students in  the MBA program.  And so it began. Maurice started service in the MBA  program at UMUC in 2002 as a guest lecturer in the areas of sustainable  business development and alternative sources of energy.

Possessing an engaging  personality and a depth of unique business experience, Maurice’s lectures drew  large audiences. As the MBA program grew and the university realized the need  for more direct involvement from international business leaders, in 2004 he was  invited to become the school’s first Executive in Residence.  Later, it was learned that this was not just  a milestone within UMUC. In fact, Maurice is the first-ever “virtual Executive  in Residence”. He has since co-presented at major conferences on the subject of  “introducing an Executive in Residence” into an online program, influencing  other schools to adopt similar programs.