Three finalists for dean of Emporia State’s School of Business visited the campus, Emporia Arts Center and various places in the community over the last two weeks. Each candidate’s visit consisted of individual meetings with the search committee, the ESU provost council, as well as an open forum with faculty, staff and students, as well as the campus community.
Kristie Ogilvie, associate dean of Academics at California State in San Bernardino, Calif., visited April 23-24.
Ogilivie worked for eight years with Aerojet, a space and defense contractor that specializes in missile and space propulsion and defense and armaments, as a senior business analyst. She said she wanted to bring what she learned from her experience with that position to students in ESU’s business school.
“I am most inspired by students, faculty and staff in their commitment to their institution, and it’s a primary reason I moved from industry to academia,” Ogilivie said.
Sam Beldona, associate dean of the Graduate School of Business at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., visited April 24-25, and Percy Poon, interim dean of the Lee School of Business at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, visited April 30 and May 1.
The three finalists agreed that creating new online programs would be beneficial for business students. Beldona discussed increasing the online presence of college business classes and decreasing the requirements for in-class attendance for students.
“By the time our second graders are in college, they will expect a more online-based education,” Beldona said.
Beldona said that nearly 70 percent of high school students in the United States have taken some form of an online class. He said that students today are busier and more involved with off campus activities than before, which can cause problems with attendance in traditional, in-person classes.
“Business schools right now are facing a lot of challenges,” Poon said.
Poon said enrollment in business schools has been declining nationwide.
“We have to look at the strength of the ESU business school and local businesses to create niche programs for the students,” Poon said. “The aim is make sure our students have a job after graduation. What is most important is that students find that job within six months.”
Surveys for the business dean finalists will be available on the business dean search page until 8 p.m. tonight.