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May 12, 2010
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SPGS graduate profile: Gavin Jeter

Overland Park, Kan. — Gavin Jeter looked forward to his weekly classes at Baker University’s Overland Park campus, where he was able to interact with other working adults from an array of backgrounds. Among his classmates were an accountant, life insurance salesman and information technology specialist.JETER1

“The diversity really enriched the class experience,” said Jeter, a cartography technician for Garmin, “It provided multiple sets of eyes for the same outcome. We all had the same goal and you can learn from everyone else in the class.”

Jeter will join his classmates on Saturday, May 15, at the spring commencement ceremony at the Collins Center in Baldwin City, Kan., where he will receive a Master of Business Administration degree.

During his two years at Baker, Jeter added to the classroom experience because of his professional background at Garmin, a leading creator of navigation and communication devices. Jeter works in the marine department, which produces navigational technology like chart plotters, handheld units, autopilots and communication devices for an international customer base.  He focuses on three-dimensional diagrams of land and underwater features.

“It is amazing the 3-D technology that has come out in such a short time,” Jeter said.

Through road trips with his family, Jeter deepened his geographical interests as a child. The Wichita native enjoyed relying on the mile markers found in his atlas to track his journeys, which sparked his career in cartography.

“I grew up with maps and geography,” he said. “I didn’t realize I could major in it until later on. After trying engineering and business, I pursued geography and received an undergraduate degree in 2006.”

While completing his MBA at Baker, Jeter particularly enjoyed studying international business in a global environment.

“Having an opportunity to expand my knowledge is something I enjoy,” Jeter said. “The convenience of night classes and the proximity of campus to my work were a tremendous asset. The MBA program also provided greater insight to how corporations operate.”

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