Carlos Leyrer

Degree: Master of Business Administration

College/School: College of Business

A president of a growing Christian school who is also a busy husband and father recently made time to earn his Master of Business Administration degree and achieve a 3.9 GPA.

In 2006 Carlos Leyrer became pastor at Divine Savior Academy, a Lutheran school, in Doral. He already had a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Divinity degree. The school was only two years old at that time and quickly made a name for itself as a place where students could receive religious teaching along with an excellent education.

Carlos became president of the academy and expanded it to include a middle school and a high school, adding on more buildings. Today, the school which had 20 students its first year now has 850. Carlos and his staff are now working on opening a second campus in Delray Beach.

Carlos turned to FIU’s Corporate MBA program to earn another master’s degree, this time in business administration, to gain the business acumen needed to grow his school successfully. He and his wife, Julia, are also raising their three children, ages 7, 5 and 1.

Carlos says his key to success is to work hard, stay humble and give God the glory.

By Jane Schreier Jones