Arthur Collins Jr., president and chief operating officer of Medtronic Inc., will be the featured speaker as the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business’ Master of International Management (MIM) Program celebrates its 15th anniversary next month.

Collins’ talk, “The Impact of Globalization on Minnesota,” begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Thornton Auditorium of St. Thomas’ campus in downtown Minneapolis, 1000 LaSalle Ave. A reception follows.

Collins, who joined Medtronic in 1992 as executive vice president and president of Medtronic International, was named COO in 1994 and president of the corporation in 1996.

The MIM program, modeled after the American Graduate School of Management, was founded in 1984 with 55 students representing 13 countries. Today, the program enrolls more than 350 students from 39 countries. The program is offered in the Twin Cities as well as in Taipei, Taiwan, and in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; it also has been offered in Montevideo, Uruguay. A founding member of the Minnesota Trade Office, it received the Governor’s International Trade Award in 1995.

Integral components of the MIM curriculum are foreign language proficiency (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish are offered) and an understanding of diverse cultures and complex global economic and political systems. The program also offers five concentrations: international managerial communication, international finance, international human resources, international marketing, and an opportunity for students to design their own concentrations.

MIM program director Dr. Karen Gulliver is a former chair of the finance, economics and international business department at Metropolitan State University. Prior to beginning her teaching career she was a senior economic analyst for Land O’Lakes Inc. She has a B.A. in economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

Herbert Leshinsky, who directed the program until 1995, spent 26 years in international operations for Chrysler Corp., primarily in South America.

For more information call (651) 962-4840.

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