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Craig School of Business continues search for new Dean

A committee of eight individuals who represent the Craig School of Business (CSB), overall campus and regional business community were assigned the task of beginning the review process of application packets on January 28.

This process will culminate in a recommendation of hire for the dean position that was recently vacated. Ann Pearce, special assistant to President Vartabedian, is conducting the search.

“The search is progressing well,” Pearce said.

The committee will review the application packets and narrow the field down to the top candidates.  After the initial review, telephone interviews will be administered, followed by another elimination process.  Reference checks will be conducted on the remaining candidates.  The committee will then choose which candidates to bring to the MWSU campus for on-site interviews and public presentations. Following the on-site interviews, the committee will present Provost Jeanne Daffron with their recommendations.  Dr. Daffron and President Robert Vartabedian will consult with each other to make the final decision.

Daffron expects 30 to 40 people to apply for the recently vacated position.  This will be the CSB’s second Dean since its inception.  Carol Roever, former associate professor in the business department, has filled the role of interim dean since the departure of Dr. Philip Nitse at the end of 2012.  Dr. Nitse, who was hired in 2010, wished to return to the classroom as a teacher.

“Carol led the accreditation process before her retirement and we are very appreciative to have her during the interim,” Daffron said.

Pearce said the dean of the CSB is a member of the Dean’s Council and reports directly to the provost and the vice president for academic affairs.  The dean serves as the academic and administrative officer of the CSB.  They manage the school and staff as well as overseeing recruiting, scheduling, and staffing.  The Dean works to create and maintain partnerships with individuals and businesses to fulfill the CSB mission of entrepreneurship.  They work together with the higher education community as well as collaborating with the MWSU Advancement team to increase donor support for the CSB.

According to Pearce, some of the attributes of a potential applicant would be an earned doctorate in one of the academic disciplines represented in the CSB or comparable combination of education and extensive business experience.  They must have experience with demonstrated budgetary and leadership skills as well as be able to promote MWSU’s mission.  Experience and commitment to fundraising is a must as well.

The CSB is the largest academic unit at MWSU.  It has 17 full-time faculty members and approximately 800 students seeking BSBA degrees with majors in finance, accounting, management and marketing.   Steven L. Craig, Missouri Western’s largest contributor, developed the entrepreneurship program that offers franchise ownership opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc.

The projected start date for the successful candidate is July 1.

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