On The Cover

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe '96
concludes his official visit to Vietnam
on Dec. 18, 2012.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Success of the Barry Athletics Model

Campus Democracy Project

Spring 2013, Volume 18, Number 1

Campus Currents I Spotlight On Sports I Barry Beat I Features

Big Man On Campus

NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is known by many names, but the one he takes the most pride in is his new title of “Dr. O’Neal,” which he earned last year after graduating with a doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership, with a specialization in human resource development, from Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education.

“This is for my mother, who always stressed the importance of education,” O’Neal said. “I am proud to have achieved a doctoral degree and wish to thank my professors and Barry University for helping make this dream a reality. I’m smart enough to know that, even at my tender age, my pursuit of education is never finished.”

For the past four-and-a-half- years, O’Neal pursued his doctoral degree in education while juggling the roles of athlete, student and entrepreneur. He completed the requirements of the doctoral program while adhering to the grueling NBA schedule prior to his retirement in 2011 and fulfilling commitments in broadcasting and business.

O’Neal achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.813 while completing 54 credits, comprised of 16 courses and six credits of self-directed research under the guidance of Dr. David M. Kopp, Chair of Barry’s Organizational Learning and Leadership program. In addition to attending class on Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores and participating in academic sessions with university professors and administrators, O’Neal’s instruction was provided via satellite classrooms, video conferencing and Canvas.com.

As part of his graduation requirement, O’Neal presented his doctoral capstone project, “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles,” to Barry faculty and administrators.

O’Neal is hooded during the Commencement in Miami on May 5, 2012.
Dr. Shaquille O’Neal poses with Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD.