Surprise, surprise! Shaquille O’Neal has actually been making use of his retirement, taking education courses at Barry University. The former basketball star will receive his doctorate in Organizational Learning and Leadership (with a specialization in human resource development)
The Suns Sentinel gave the scoop. For 4 1/2 years, the former Miami Heat center took 16 courses, completed 54 credit hours and earned a grade point average of 3.813. Attending the university even during his career, professors often flew to him for one-on-one classes all at Shaq’s expense. He also took classes on campus and by video conference.
“He was a good student,” said Dr. David M. Kopp, chairman of the university’s Organizational Learning and Leadership program. “He is very intellectually curious. He is like a sponge, he takes everything in.”
Two weeks ago, Shaq presented his doctoral dissertation on “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Roles.” He is expected to use his degree to advance his post-basketball entrepreneurial career, which includes working as an analyst on TNT‘s “Inside the NBA” sports program.
Goes to show that not all basketball players are as dense and superficial as we can make them out to be. Some actually believe in the importance of an education, including Shaq who graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science in general studies, and got his MBA through an online program from the University of Phoenix n 2005. All power to him! He will walk with his graduating class of 1,100 students Saturday at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.
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