DEAC Recognizes 2019 UMT Outstanding
Graduate & Famous Alumni
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 9,
UMT is pleased to announce that Mrs. Bettye Lee Long-Walden and Dr.
Zhiying Chen were selected as UMT's 2019 Distance Education Accrediting
Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni respectively. Each
year, DEAC conducts its Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni programs to
recognize the achievements of the millions who study at a distance
UMT's 2019 Outstanding Graduate
Bettye Lee Long-Walden
Achieving her personal and professional goals
through distance education learning
Mrs. Bettye Lee Long-Walden was working as an Information
Technology Specialist at Redstone Arsenal when she began her journey to earn an
advanced degree. The flexibility offered by the distance education programs at
the University of Management and Technology (UMT) provided the opportunity to
earn her Master of Science in Management.
She competed and was selected
for an Army Civilian Scholarship through the Academic Degree Training program.
She graduated from UMT in September 2017 and was inducted into the Delta Epsilon
Tau International Honor Society for superior academic achievement. She was
selected as the graduate representative to deliver the 2018 Commencement
Address. In her address, she shared her personal story about how distance
education helped her balance work, school, and family responsibilities in order
to achieve her goals. The knowledge gained from her studies benefited both her
and her organization. She used her new skillsets to lead major information
technology projects which resulted in increased efficiency, effectiveness, and
cost savings. As a result, Ms. Long-Walden was awarded the Department of Army
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
Since graduation, she has become
the Deputy Program Manager for a major software application. She also has
devoted countless hours to mentoring others. She enjoys sharing her experience
with other Army Civilians to help with their professional development and
growth. Most importantly, she is dedicated to giving back to her local community
through volunteer work and community service.
"Education is a journey
filled with hope and dedication to learning new things and leaving this world a
better place. I am so thankful to UMT for being a part of my journey. Their
flexible, on-line classes were the ideal fit, and their caring professors helped
UMT's 2018 Famous Alumni
Studying DBA opens up new enterprise management
thinking for me
Dr. Zhiying Chen graduated from the University of Management and
Technology with a Doctor of Business Administration degree. She pursued the DBA
degree to strengthen her management and professional theoretical knowledge and
Dr. Chen applies the knowledge she gained from the UMT
DBA program, along with years of senior management experience in the yeast
industry, to all aspects of production, R&D and sales in her company.
Additionally, she applies the newly acquired innovative thinking to the
management of professionals. Leading the innovations in yeast biotechnology in
China, her company has increased manufacturing capability and expanded its
facility covering 30 acres of land and now generates US$45 million in annual
revenue . Her company is also making breakthroughs in promoting and applying its
products in the fields of nutritional food, animal nutrition, bio-fermentation,
organic agriculture and so on. Under her leadership, the company actively
explored the international market and its products are exported to more than 20
As Vice-President of Hebei Seasoning Association and
Vice-President of Hebei Feed Industry Association Council in China, Dr. Chen
actively provides advice and makes contributions to the food and feed industry.
She is also Vice-President of the Kaiping District Industry and Commerce
Federation of Tangshan City in China, which promotes the social and moral
responsibility of enterprises. These positions allow her to meet her original
intention of contributing to the harmonious society. The skills she has obtained
from the DBA program at UMT will benefit her for life.
program is the right choice for me. It enriches my business operation and modern
management knowledge which in turn lays the foundation for my company to
becoming a world-renowned leader in yeast deep processing industry!"