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National Council

The National Council provides the Dean with expertise, advice, and useful critique about the college’s programs, mission, and direction.

The National Council is composed of exceptional leaders in their fields. They meet twice yearly, and College of Business students often have an opportunity to meet these high-level decision makers. Current membership includes:

Niclas Erhardt

Dean, College of Business
Valparaiso University

Walter F. Hoeppner III ’77 – Chair

Managing Principal
Arrowwood Associates, LLC

John C. Beattie ’77

Managing Director
Bosal Industries

John M. Hanak ’78

Chief Innovation and Corporate Officer
University of Oklahoma

Tyler Lowell ’06

Managing Partner & CEO
C.A. Fortune 

Ruth McCormick ’73

Human Resources Executive

Stewart G. McMillan

President
Task Force Tips Inc.

James A. Muhammad MBA ’21

President & CEO
Lakeshore Public Media

David A. Price ’84

President and Owner
RPS Imaging

Daniel H. Quigg ’81

Chief Executive Officer
Hosted Technology Exchange, LLC

Ken Reali ’89

Chief Executive Officer
Bioventus Inc

Dan Tiemann ’85

Partner
KPMG Peat Marwick

Todd M. Tribble ’96

Vice President of Sales Operations
Hobsons

Leo ‘Skip’ Watson ’86

Great Lakes Regional Sales Executive• KeyBank N.A.
Member of Executive Council• KeyCorp

Susan E. Weston ’73

President • The Susan Weston Company
Director of Management Resources • Alpha Barnes Real Estate

Jason J. Winkler ’96

Corporate Vice President of Finance
Motorola Solutions Inc.

Jeffrey Witt ’71

President and Owner
Mattson/Witt Precision Products, Inc.

Donna Van De Water ’81

Chief Operating Officer
Lipman Hearne


“When the Council is on campus and meeting with students, it’s exciting for us to hear about the real-world projects they are working on. Many of these projects require students to address issues and challenges similar to ones we face in the business world on a regular basis.”

Walter Hoeppner 77, Chair