Tag: School of Business and Economics

It’s Official. The SBE Has a New Dean!


Dr. Darrell Radson and his family visited the SBE February 15th and while here made it official. They are moving to Houghton from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

In the presence of faculty and staff he signed the contract that makes him Dean of the School of Business and Economics in August. The signing concludes a search that started in 2007 and promises to continue the growth of the School of Business and Economics. Dr. Radson’s academic and administrative experience fits nicely with the strategic goals of the SBE and Michigan Tech.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and his master’s and doctorate in Industrial and Operations Management from the University of Michigan. He served as associate dean in both the School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, and is currently department head of the Department of Decision Sciences at LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.

His experience includes curriculum redesign, management of MBA programs and online degrees, AACSB accreditation, and successful recruitment of faculty and increased research.

PBL Takes 4th Place in One-Night Statue Building


Members from the SBE Phi Beta Lambda student organization, the SBE Marketing Club, and faculty members Jim Frendewey, Robert Mark, Dana Johnson, Maria Schutte, and Jim Gale participated in constructing a snow statue for Winter Carnival on February 6. The theme for statues this year was Frightful Creatures with Chilling Features. They started the SBE all-nighter snow statue at 4:00 pm and with their efficiency finished the work by 10:00 pm. The efforts were rewarded with a fourth place finish in the on-campus statues for student organizations (out of 11) in their division. The statue was titled “The Loch Ness Monster from Lake Superior Means Business”.

Board of Control Gives Final Approval to MBA Program

On June 22, 2006, Michigan Tech’s Board of Control approved the new MBA for the School of Business & Economics. A spin-off from the MSBA which was reintroduced in 2004, the new fast-track MBA will enable students to complete an MBA in one year.

Board of Control Chair Mike Henricksen and SBE Dean Dr. Christa Walck
Board of Control Chair Mike Henricksen and SBE Dean Dr. Christa Walck

“The program meets the demands of today’s fast-paced and technologically rich workplace,” said Dean Christa Walck, “and will make a significant contribution to Michigan Tech’s efforts to integrate business and technology. These MBAs will create the technology-driven businesses of the future.”

Dave Brule ’72 donated $250,000 to support the new master’s program and additional donors have given or pledged $453,000.

The MBA targets undergraduate students with engineering, technology and science degrees. It adds a broad knowledge of business functions and business skills to give students a competitive advantage in the job market. The 36-credit program includes a core of business courses and 12 credits of electives that students can tailor to their interests.

New MBA Ad
New MBA Ad

Associate Professor Sonia Goltz was named director of graduate business programs on May 8. Goltz has a PhD from Purdue University in industrial psychology and has taught at Tech since 1996. Her research investigates the phenomenon of escalation of commitment (“throwing good money after bad”) and sex discrimination in the workplace.