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The Business Brothers: Master's in management degrees await 3 students

As they were trying on their caps and gowns, Paul Kahle and his two younger brothers, John and Carl, began to argue about who had the highest grade-point average – despite the fact all three will graduate with honor in December from Austin Peay State University.

No, no, no. I have all As, one of them argued.

I might get a B in this class, but my GPA is still high, another said.
As they were trying on their caps and gowns, Paul Kahle and his two younger brothers, John and Carl, began to argue about who had the highest grade-point average — despite the fact all three will graduate with honor in December from Austin Peay State University.

“No, no, no. I have all A's,” one of them argued.

“I might get a B in this class, but my GPA is still high,” another said.

The Kahle brothers — Paul, 29, John, 27 and Carl, 23 — will receive their Master of Science in Management degrees during Winter Commencement on Dec. 15 in the Dunn Center. Each also has an undergraduate business degree from APSU.

Paul Kahle was among the 60 students who enrolled in the M.S.M. program when it launched in Fall 2004. All three of the brothers are competitive, but Paul Kahle put in motion what the other two longed to do — pursue graduate study.

“I would like to get a Ph.D. after I've worked for a long while,” Carl Kahle said. John Kahle indicated he would like to do the same, and Paul Kahle noted his interest in obtaining an M.B.A.

The oldest brother started the program taking a course at a time as his schedule allowed. However, when John and Carl enrolled in Fall 2005, they paced their coursework on a faster track, nearly completing the degree quicker than their older brother.

“I couldn't let my brothers pass me,” Paul Kahle said, with the other two Kahle brothers laughing. The oldest added that he accelerated through his course work so that he could graduate at the same time as his brothers.

In the M.S.M. program at Austin Peay, students can take classes either on campus or online. Both individual and group assignments are given, offering students independence and camaraderie as they progress through course work.

All three said having an M.S.M. degree would improve the way they do business. Paul Kahle operates a lawn care business in Clarksville. His younger brothers work for him.

“The coursework has helped me out a lot,” John Kahle said. “The program has taught me how to relate to our customers better and see work place issues in a new way.” -- Melony Leazer