This story is featured in the Spring 2022 edition of the HPU Magazine.
Dr. Nasir Assar is the director of HPU’s Master of Business Administration Program, which brings together students from across the country to participate in its new online learning model.
Assar is an associate professor of economics in the Phillips School of Business, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. He also oversees HPU’s Master of Business Administration Program.
His areas of concentration are economics, finance, quantitative analysis and business analytics. He advises students in their academic endeavors, trains faculty and develops curriculum.
“I am excited to be a part of a team of prestigious faculty and to bring my 30 years of business experience to our students who are eager to learn and become the leaders of tomorrow,” says Assar.
As the MBA program director, he has worked diligently to migrate the MBA program to an online learning environment to make it even more accessible to graduate students across the nation. The program may be virtual, but its engagement is very real.
The program offers a practical, skills-based curriculum managers can apply in professional work environments, and the coursework covers a variety of topics from sales to negotiation and leadership.
Assar has lived his life practicing this mantra from Theodore Roosevelt: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
His students know that he genuinely cares and provides them with every opportunity and tool possible for them to shine. This happens on a campus that is extraordinary, caring and inspiring.
“Dr. Assar has, undoubtedly, been one of the most thoughtful and friendly professors I have had the opportunity to work with during my time at HPU,” says Dakota Tameling, ’22, a finance major who will be working with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Chicago, Illinois, following graduation. “He is thoughtful both inside and outside of class. He asks thoughtful questions, encourages his students and makes his classes applicable and fascinating. He is always eager to share, offer insight and incorporate his experience into our classroom discussion.”
To Assar, it’s about more than just teaching. It’s about embodying the mindset of continuous learning.
He encourages students to read life-changing books and to engage in university-wide organizations and clubs to enhance their communication skills.
“I encourage my students to seek the help and knowledge of those who have done great things in their life,” says Assar. “Internships, assisting with faculty research and hands-on education help students build professional skills and apply what they are learning in the college classroom to real-world situations.”
His students are the better for it. They land internships, get jobs, attend impressive graduate schools and leave HPU’s MBA Program ready to take on the world. It’s professors like Assar that make all the difference in a college student’s education.