We sat down with Bob Keeley, Assistant Director of Credentialing and Academic Operations, to talk about his role at HBX, his (potentially illegal) genie wish strategy, and his love of tiramisu and Chalupas.
Are you originally from Boston?
I’m from the part of New York State that says “pop” instead of “soda" - Rochester. I live in Cambridge now and really enjoy all the greenery. It has a great small city vibe with tree-lined streets, and there’s a lot of opportunity to discover something new just walking down the street.
What do you do at HBX?I work on the Program Services team and oversee academic operations. Some of my jobs involve working with vendors who administer the CORe final exam and also managing the digital credentials we send out to students.
What does a normal day look like for you?
A typical day at HBX for me involves a lot of interaction with people on various teams throughout the office. I work with everyone in Program Services but I also work closely with the content team regarding academic operations.
During open exam periods, I work with Pearson VUE to field any questions and support requests from participants who are taking the exam. There are approximately 4,500 Pearson VUE test centers authorized to deliver HBX exams around the world, so it’s pretty cool to help HBX learners across the globe.
Finish this sentence: When I’m not at work, you can find me _______________.
At the dog park with my wife Jess chasing after our Icelandic sheepdog, Chalupa.
What is your favorite food?
Tiramisu is my favorite food. I like all forms and types of it, homemade or not!
Do you have a hidden talent?
I speak German, play the banjo, and like to sail.
If a genie gave you one wish, what would you wish for?
I would wish for unlimited genies so that I could have unlimited wishes. Who doesn’t want more wishes?!
What’s your favorite thing about working at HBX?
I like hearing from participants about how HBX has helped them meet their own personal, professional, and learning goals.
What can you tell us about the HBX CORe final exam?
The HBX CORe final exam is offered to participants after successful completion of the course. The three hour, multiple choice, closed book, computer-based assessment was created by HBS faculty and is administered by Pearson VUE in testing centers throughout the world.
The final exam encompasses all three courses in HBX CORe: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. Divided into three sections of 60 minutes each, the 3-hour exam will test your knowledge of each individual course in one sitting. The exam is predominately multiple-choice format and delivered entirely on a computer at the Pearson VUE testing center.
Read More about the exam including when to take it and how it is administered in our FAQs: http://hbx.hbs.edu/hbx-core/core-faqs.html