Paul Hart

BS in Business

Class of 2009

“After earning my bachelor’s degree, I continued my education to complete my MBA. I then was able to make a career change, with the full confidence of a quality education [that] I would bring to my next company."

Why did you choose CUNY SPS?

I chose CUNY SPS for the flexibility of finishing my bachelor’s degree in an online program. My work schedule was always unpredictable and interfered in the past with traditional classroom formats.

What most appealed to you about your CUNY SPS degree program?

The accreditations, established name, and credibility of the CUNY institution appealed to me most. Online degree programs were still met with some skepticism ten years ago; the CUNY name brought equity and legitimacy.

How did you find your online/classroom interaction with other students?  With faculty?

I was initially surprised at how collaborative my interactions were, given the online nature of the program. I feel that I had more and better interaction than in my previous classes at other colleges, both with other students and with faculty.

What were some of the most defining aspects of your time at CUNY SPS?

Making the most of the program and proactively engaging with the faculty. I never felt lost or like a faceless number during my time at CUNY SPS, and I credit both the faculty and administration with their efforts to create an inclusive atmosphere.

What is the most important thing you learned at CUNY SPS?

To take control of my own education and participate fully to get the most from the experience.

How has your CUNY SPS degree influenced your career?

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I continued my education to complete my MBA at State University of New York at Albany. I then was able to make a career change, with the full confidence of a quality education experience as part of what I would bring to my next company.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A significant portion of my job involves data and reporting of marketing campaign results. It’s rewarding to me to see the ways my team can contribute innovations during the planning and execution of campaigns, and then see the success of those initiatives documented in the effectiveness metrics for our stakeholders!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I work in B2B marketing now, and expect to continue in this space. It’s a rapidly changing industry with constant infusion of technology impacting the customer experience. I hope to keep building my work remit and influence, growing my team and my responsibilities!

Outside the Classroom

  • Giants, Jets, other, don’t care?  Knicks, Nets, other, don’t care?  Mets, Yankees, other, don’t care? Don’t care, not a big sports fan
  • Favorite subway line? Least favorite subway line? The L is both my favorite and least favorite. I love it because in only a few stops it gets me from Brooklyn to most of my favorite Manhattan neighborhoods. But it’s also my least favorite because it’s so crowded, and will be out of service next year!
  • Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, both, neither? Neither
  • Favorite NYC attraction?  Favorite NYC cultural institution? I love to take visitors to the High Line – the concept of an elevated park offers a totally unique view of the city! My favorite NYC cultural institution is the Met Museum.
  • Biggie, Tupac, both, neither? Beatles, Rolling Stones, both, neither? Mariah, Nicki Minaj, both, neither? Favorite artist/band? One of my favorite bands is Fleetwood Mac; they make me nostalgic for my childhood!
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, none, all? All – though I use them in varying degrees. Instagram is my runaway favorite!
  • Book or e-reader?  Favorite title or the most recent title you read? While I’ll always love the smell of a new book, I do find I read faster on an e-reader. One of my most favorite books is ‘Henry and Clara’ by Thomas Mallon.


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