Linwood Mitchell

Linwood Mitchell is a modern-day Superman as he juggles his role as vice president of PNC’s Financial Service Treasury Management Sector with going to school part time for his MBA, all while his wife and 4-year-old son cheer him on.  Mitchell’s professional and personal development is nothing short of extraordinary.  Linwood Mitchell

The Katz Professional MBA Program exceeded Mitchell’s expectations after having been out of school for over 10 years before returning for his masters.  He commends the faculty for making each class exciting and for being available for his schedule.  Additionally, the Katz program’s commitment to experience-based learning has been instrumental in Mitchell’s learning experience, from the connections that Pitt has with local organizations to the case studies and executive guest speakers.  

“The network of students, faculty, and executive contacts since day one has been a major pro to the program,” Mitchell says.

The Katz Professional MBA schedule was “more seamless than what I anticipated,” he says.  He studied in Brazil, selected electives that matched his career interests, and took advantage of the University of Pittsburgh’s location in Oakland, just a short bus ride away from PNC’s headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. “Katz has gone above and beyond to make it flexible for students,” Mitchell said.  

He will be graduating in the 2016 spring semester, completing his MBA in less than three years. “You can earn a significant amount of credits with classes two times per week in the evenings; just make sure you are as organized as possible,” Mitchell says.

He knew choosing an MBA program was one of the most important decisions he would ever make and weighed his options carefully.  “What drew me to Katz mainly was the reputation of the program. I didn’t want to earn just any MBA – I wanted an MBA that would challenge me and that was nationally ranked,” he says.

The Katz program has changed how Mitchell approaches his role at PNC.  The classes and the people he worked closely with in the program explained the “why” and the “what” of his actions at work.  As Mitchell put it, “The classroom brought what I was doing at work to life.”

When it comes to life at home, Mitchell admits that between working full time and going to school part time, he has to miss certain things.  But it comes down to the fact that both he and his wife have been committed to the program, and the support he has at home makes everything worthwhile.  “At the end of the day we both have an MBA,” Mitchell laughed, quoting his wife.

Mitchell aspires to progress to a senior or executive level role at PNC post-graduation. Longer-term, he would like to be in a position that allows him to consult with and instruct other leaders in their careers as executives.   

When asked what he would recommend to prospective students interested in earning a Professional MBA at Katz, Mitchell said, “Build relationships early with fellow students and faculty.  Go in there with an open mind. I just want to express my gratitude to everyone in the program.  They really go out of their way for us. I feel that I haven’t missed out on any of the MBA experiences, despite working full-time and going to school part time.”