Kroger Joins Mercer University’s Preferred Provider Program


MACON – Mercer University is teaming with The Kroger Co. to offer affordable opportunities for Kroger employees to pursue several of Mercer's degree programs through the University's Preferred Provider Program.

The program delivers a number of benefits to employers and their employees, ranging from a 10-percent benefit toward tuition, waived application fees, a streamlined admissions process, transfer credit policy and military benefits.

Degree programs approved for Kroger employees are offered in both Penfield College and the Stetson School of Business and Economics. They include the B.A. in Communication, B.A.S. in Human Resources Administration and Development, B.S. in Informatics, B.A. in Liberal Studies, B.A.S. in Organizational Leadership and M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Penfield College, as well as the Evening B.B.A., Evening M.B.A., Online M.B.A., Professional M.B.A., Executive M.B.A and Master of Accountancy from the Stetson School.

Other corporations, government agencies and organizations currently partnering with Mercer in the Preferred Provider Program include the Bibb County Sheriff's Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Department, GEICO, Georgia Department of Corrections, GreyStone Corp., Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Gwinnett Police Department, Memorial University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Robins Air Force Base and WellStar Health System.

Programs are offered at Mercer's campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, as well as four regional academic centers in Coweta County, Dodge County, Douglas County and Henry County.

For more information about a program, or to apply, call (877) 840-8599 or email

For employers interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider Program, contact Maritza E. Ferreira at (678) 547-6421 or

About Kroger

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) is one of the world's largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2013 sales of $98.4 billion. The Kroger Co. family of stores spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, discount, convenience stores and jewelry stores, operating under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with customers.

About Penfield College of Mercer University

Penfield College of Mercer University, established as the College of Continuing and Professional Studies in 2003, is committed to serving non-traditional learners and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to working adult learners seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary programs that integrate theory and practice. The College offers general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer. Another initiative called the Bridge program transitions students enrolled in Mercer's English Language Institute and other international students to undergraduate programs throughout the University. Areas of study include organizational leadership, counseling, school counseling, human services, human resources, informatics, public safety leadership, nursing preparation, liberal studies, psychology and communication. Programs are offered on Mercer's campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as multiple regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County, Newnan and Eastman. To learn more, visit

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.”

The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA).

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​