Author: Lynn Makela

Dean Search Begins for School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics has begun a search for a new dean following Dean Darrell Radson’s resignation to accept the position of dean of the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University, effective May 1.

The search will follow the procedure outlined in Senate policy 6-11 (procedure 805.1.1). Accordingly, a search committee has been formed. Members are: School representatives Mari Buche, Sonia Goltz, Dean Johnson, Jun Min and Howard Qi; a member from another academic unit on campus, Dan Fuhrmann (ECE); a member of the advisory board, James Trethewey; staff representative Diane Benda. Student representatives include Jacquie Cowling, Undergraduate Student organizations, and Ramesh Thakur, Graduate Student organization. Jill Hodges, of Affirmative Programs, is an ex officio member of the committee.

At the first search committee meeting, Sonia Goltz was elected chair and Dean Johnson associate chair.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for Darrell’s service to the School of Business and Economics and the University,” said Provost Max Seel. “Under his leadership,we have changed curricula, developed new programs including an online MBA program, hired very talented faculty and staff, renewed the School’s accreditation and established new endowed professorships. The School is on the path to increased recognition and greatness.”

More information will be available on our website shortly.

Tech MBA Online Recognized Among US News and World Report’s Honor Roll Programs

The on-campus residencies brings students to Tech for leadership and team building. The international residency is an immersion in the business world of another culture.

The Tech MBA Online in Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics has been recognized among the honor roll programs in first-ever online rankings by US News and World Report.

Michigan Tech was ranked 24th in Admission Selectivity and 38th in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement among the 161 online graduate business programs honored. The Tech MBA Online was also ranked 82nd in Student Services and Technology.

“Our Tech MBA Online is focused on innovation and technology management and is perfect for emerging industries, fast-paced environments and traditional businesses facing change,” says Max Seel, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I am very proud of the faculty and staff of our School of Business and Economics that our online degree is recognized in the honor roll lists of online programs by the US News and World Report.”

Darrell Radson, dean of the School of Business and Economics, adds: “This recognition confirms that our program is successfully established as a quality online education. Through the Tech MBA Online’s innovative teaching methods and residency requirements, particularly our international residency, we are producing the type of student that employers demand.”

According to the US News press release, their new rankings “were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.”

There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year, US News said. Instead, they created non-numeric honor roll lists of online programs. There is one honor roll for online bachelor’s degree programs and one for the master’s degree programs. Each list includes programs that performed well across a series of numeric indicator rankings.

Originally posted on Michigan Tech News.

MBA Student Receives Mentoring Scholarship

2012 LSGI Scholarship recipient, Wei He, pictured with LSGI Fund Manager, Joe Dancy during the Fall 2011 LSGI Room Dedication at Michigan Tech.

In partnership with the LSGI Technology Venture Fund, the School of Business and Economics is pleased to announce that former APMP member and current MBA student, Wei He, is the 2012 LSGI Mentoring Scholarship winner. The scholarship is awarded to students who display excellent academic achievement, expresses an interest in finance or applied mathematics, and demonstrates high moral and ethical characteristics.

Ms. He participated in the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) during 2010-2011 and now will provide the 2011-2012 team as well as finance classes with mentoring and support. The current APMP students actively manage, under guidance, $1.3 million of the university’s endowment fund.

During her time at Michigan Tech, she was the co-founder and secretary of the Michigan Tech Finance Club. Last year, as part of the APMP team she attended the 11th Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) forum at Dayton University, Ohio, and her team earned 4th in the balanced investment category. Wei graduated in the major of Finance with Summa Cum Laude and right now she is pursuing her MBA degree at Michigan Tech. She is an active member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the MBA Association. Wei also achieved placement on the dean’s list every semester.

In her free time Wei enjoys various sports, and traveling both domestically and abroad.

About LSGI

LSGI Advisors Inc. is a Texas corporation that acts as general partner for the LSGI Technology Venture Fund L.P., a private mutual fund for SEC accredited investors. LSGI Manager, Joe Dancy, serves as an advisor to the Michigan Tech Applied Portfolio Management Program, overseeing finance students responsible for managing $1 million of the University’s endowment.Dancy also instructs oil & gas and environmental law programs at Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about the LSGI Fund, please visit their website.