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New dean named for college of business

James Brodzinski will join Valparaiso University as Dean of the College of Business beginning July 1, 2012. In his new role, James will be responsible for the strategic leadership, coordination, and guidance of the College.

James comes to Valpo from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, where he has been the Dean of the Graham School of Management for the past five years. During his tenure there, he developed the business school’s first comprehensive strategic plan, created the AACSB Accreditation Plan for Initial Business Accreditation and implemented a Saturday-only MBA program. Prior to his five years at Saint Xavier, James was the Chairperson for the Division of Business Administration at the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Associate Dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In that capacity he directed the part-time, executive, and on-site MBA programs. He has also taught at Mary Washington College, Kennesaw State College, and Salisbury State University, where he was the inaugural chair of the Department of Information and Decision Sciences.

“With his broad range of academic and administrative experience, James will bring strong leadership to the College of Business,” said Valparaiso University Provost, Mark Schwehn. “His in-depth knowledge and vast international experience make him the ideal candidate for this challenging position.”

James is the author of numerous publications and papers, the recipient of significant grants, including several from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and has served as a consultant to a wide range of corporations related to organizational development issues. He also brings considerable international experience, having developed, taught, and/or administered programs in South America, Europe and Asia.

James teaches classes in management, research methods, and information systems for both undergraduate and graduate students and is a member of the Academy of Management. He has served as Board member and National Director of Codification and Research for the Human Resource Certification Institute, and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Minerva Education Institute.

James holds a PhD in Human Information Systems, an M.A. in Organizational Communication, and bachelor of arts in photography, all from Ohio University.