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MBA student earns highest recognition for outstanding achievements

Kyle Brayton, a five-year accounting-MBA major, is one of five honorees to receive the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

After graduation in May, Brayton will begin his position at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the big four accounting firms in New York City, as an audit associate.

Throughout his years at SUNY Oswego, Brayton has held several leadership roles including, chapter president for the Accounting Society and the Financial Management Association, as well as finance vice president of WTOP- TV and Beta Alpha Psi honor society and finance assistant for campus recreation.

Currently, Brayton holds the position as assistant to the director of SUNY’s Professional Science Masters Consortium. He has also held several internship positions at accounting firms in Syracuse, New York City, and at Biogen Idec in Boston.

Experience at Oswego

Originally from Fulton, N.Y., Brayton decided to stay local and attended SUNY Oswego for finance, but eventually switched to accounting. After switching, he decided to enroll in the 5-year program and earn his MBA.

“The faculty and staff are really great here and it just made sense to stay at Oswego,” Brayton said. “I was also awarded the Diversity Fellowship, which helped pay for graduate school.”

As an undergrad, Brayton took the initiative to get in contact with a fellow student who had also won the Chancellor’s Award and asked her to be his mentor.

“Of course she was more than willing to help because someone had helped her and she wanted to give back,” Brayton said. “She helped me get my foot in the door for several positions and even got me into the honor societies early.”

“A major benefit of the MBA programs is that a lot of the classes are offered online,” Brayton said. “This made it flexible so I could do internships outside of Oswego while still taking courses and completing my degree.”
Kyle Brayton
Five-Year Accounting-MBA

Throughout his five years, Brayton has had the opportunity to get involved all over campus and throughout the community, which has helped get several prominent internships.

“A major benefit of the MBA programs is that a lot of the classes are offered online,” Brayton said. “This made it flexible so I could do internships outside of Oswego while still taking courses and completing my degree.”

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredits SUNY Oswego’s School of Business and the online MBA was recently ranked 14th in the nation according to U.S. News.

“We’re accredited, which only a very small percentage of business schools in the nation are,” Brayton said. “This helps with employers because they know Oswego students are top notch and that helps when applying to jobs.”

Brayton’s ultimate goal is to be a CFO for a local community bank and be able to make a difference in the community.