McDonough School of Business Appoints New Leadership for Executive Degree Programs

August 11, 2010
Melissa Trotta and Cindy McCauley to Oversee Executive MBA, Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership Programs
  Melissa TrottaCindy McCauley

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has named Melissa Trotta as associate dean for executive degree programs and Cindy McCauley as assistant dean of executive degree programs.

In her new role, Trotta oversees all aspects of the Georgetown Executive MBA Program, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program, and the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program. She previously was associate dean for program initiatives and engagement at the McDonough School of Business, where she advanced internal and external strategic priorities for the business school, including expanding the school’s partnerships with the business, government, and not-for-profit communities. From 2005 to 2008, Trotta was assistant dean of Georgetown’s MBA Evening Program. Under her leadership, the Evening Program grew from just under 60 students to nearly 300 students in 2008-09 and gained significant national prominence.
Trotta’s more than 20 years of higher education experience include roles as director of admissions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, associate director of Academic Affairs at Harvard Business School, and assistant dean of admission at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. She also has worked with individuals on a consulting basis to develop compelling undergraduate and graduate school applications. Trotta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, summa cum laude, and received a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration, with distinction, both from Boston College. 
As the new assistant dean for executive degree programs, Cindy McCauley is responsible for the management of the department’s academic programs, including curriculum coordination, student services, and event planning. Her team coordinates all details and activities associated with managing three master’s degree programs that serve more than 100 executive students, as well as the programs’ domestic and international consulting projects. 
Most recently, she served as assistant dean for student services for the MBA Full-Time Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. In this role, McCauley improved service delivery and student satisfaction while overseeing the academic and co-curricular activities of the program, which include academic advising, orientation, residencies, graduation, and support for student clubs and organizations. Before joining the McDonough School of Business, McCauley worked at the Fox School of Business at Temple University as director of full-time MBA and MS programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is a 2010 graduate of the Executive MBA Program at Georgetown University.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit