Meet the MBA Class of 2025: Fred Kamuzinzi, Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Fred Kamuzinzi

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

“Army veteran, catalyst for human potential, cultivator of excellence, cherishing people as our most precious assets.”

Hometown: Churubusco, Indiana (I’ve moved so many times I don’t really call any one place home. Churubusco is the most recent family home).

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a heart-shaped birth mark near my right wrist. It was the only reason that family was able to find me at a refugee camp shortly following the Rwandan Genocide.

Undergraduate School and Major: The United States Military Academy at West Point, Engineering Management

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: United States Army, Executive Officer/Transportations Officer

What has been your first impression of the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far. Tell us your best Tuck story so far: People who love community choose Tuck. The people here, both present and past, are the spirit of the business school. I reached out to Tuck alumni before coming to Tuck and had a 100 percent response rate—as someone not even accepted to the program yet. This became more evident when I showed interest in Bain’s Boston office—when word reached an alum there, both my wife and I were invited for lunch and a tour of the office. Another partner, also a Tuck alum, has set up several bi-weekly calls to ensure I am setting myself up for success. The Tuck name comes with it an unparalleled community.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Small class size was crucial to my wife’s (also a T’25) and my decision. We wanted to pursue a small class size in which we felt like our voice mattered and we were not simply a number. At Tuck, I feel as though we can contribute in a way that all classmates benefit from one another that may be difficult at larger programs.

What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? My wife and I chose what schools we applied to based off good community and size of the program. We wanted a place where those with family (we have a 23-month-old daughter) would be welcomed. We had many offers for babysitting before even arriving to campus. It is a great place to raise a child. There are many activities Tuckies want to do, but I want to indulge in Tuck’s well-known tradition: tripod hockey.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? I am interested in Tuck’s First Year Project (FYP) and speaker sessions. FYP allows you to take everything you’ve learned in class and apply it to a real-world project. Learning is crucial, but nothing beats application. Additionally, Tuck’s speaker sessions on numerous subjects such as search funds, real estate, and health care speak strongly to me because I recently returned to the small village in Africa where I was born and desire to play my part in its future development.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: No matter where you are or what job function you may have, human capital is the number one commodity. My biggest accomplishment was completing 100 percent of all assigned projects, missions, and tasks in the Army while maintaining the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of every single soldier assigned to me. Ensuring my team was well taken care of created an environment in which they would never allow me to fail. They gave 110 percent every day.

What do you hope to do after graduation (at this point)? I am pursuing a career in consulting with the intention of focusing on private equity and health care to reach the goal of improving my home village in Africa. I am excited to join Bain & Company as a 2024 summer associate. Additionally, I am working with a West Point classmate and friend at JP Morgan to improve on search fund analysis and bring value to companies in the future.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? I applied to Cornell Johnson, Stanford GBS, HBS, MIT Sloan, Duke Fuqua, Berkeley Haas, Yale SOM.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? There are the generic things everyone must do: GMAT/GRE, essays, and interviews. Aside from those, the most important thing is to be yourself. I have met no two Tuckies that were alike. Everyone brings uniqueness to the program, and it makes meeting everyone exciting. Reach out to current Tuck students and admissions; they want nothing but your success. And lastly, visit Tuck. There are many events and opportunities to visit and you may very well realize Tuck is the place for you. I’m certain it is.

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