TUJ’s new MBA Program Director Mikiya Mori straddles the financial and academic worlds

July 22, 2009

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) announced the appointment of Mikiya Mori as the new MBA Program Director, effective July 21. Mr. Mori has enjoyed a long career in the securities industries, having worked at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan for nearly 20 years in all. He succeeds Michael Leeds, who returned to the Temple University Main Campus on completing his term in Japan.

Mr. Mori started his career at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1985, and until 2002 advanced his career predominantly in equity-related fields. He took leave from the firm in 1997-98 to study for an MBA at the University of Southern California (USC). On his return, he was appointed Vice President & Co-Head of the Japanese Shares Sales Trading Desk. In 2002 he moved to JP Morgan Securities Asia Pte. Ltd., where he worked as Vice President, Japanese Shares Sales Trading, managing a multinational team of traders.

In 2004 Mr. Mori made a major career shift when he resigned from JP Morgan to return to USC, this time to study for a doctorate in education, which he successfully completed and was conferred in 2008. During his time as an Ed.D. candidate, he worked in the university’s MBA program office, providing admissions support including conducting interviews and reviewing applicants’ essays, and counseling MBA students on job searches.

TUJ’s MBA Program with Executive Concentration is the same quality program offered by the highly renowned Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University Main Campus in Philadelphia. It is the only American MBA degree in Japan fully accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International. Two-thirds of the faculty are chosen directly from the US campus, and are complemented by guest lecturers from similarly accredited universities in the US and around the world. All of the faculty are distinguished professors who have either a Ph.D. or an advanced degree in their specialty fields.

TUJ Dean Bruce Stronach commented on the appointment: “I am very pleased to have as our new director someone who has both long and deep experience with institutions that are emerging from the economic meltdown as the leaders of the financial world, as well as the academic experience that comes from attaining an MBA and a doctorate in education at USC. The combination of these two attributes will serve him well as an innovative and entrepreneurial leader of the Fox School of Business MBA Program at TUJ.”