Establishing the College of Business

October 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to share information with you about the work that is underway to establish our new College of Business, which will launch officially in fall 2015. The faculties of the Regis College Division of Business and the CPS School of Management have had been meeting informally over the past several months. We also had a very successful workshop with Father David McCallum, S.J., of LeMoyne College. The workshop focused on the question of what it means to offer business programs within a Jesuit framework.

We are now taking the next steps in this effort. I have appointed a committee to work with a search firm to identify our founding dean. We have narrowed the pool of search firms to three organizations. All have strong reputations for excellence and have been recommended by colleagues at our sister Jesuit universities. This committee will be chaired by Dr. Thomas Bowie, academic dean of Regis College. The full membership is as follows:

  • Thomas Bowie, RC Academic Dean, Chair
  • Robert Engel, Trustee
  • Charles Gallagher, Trustee
  • Derek Scarth, Trustee
  • Heidi Barker, faculty, RC Department of Education
  • Allan Brunner, faculty, RC Division of Business
  • Angela Busila, faculty, CPS School of Management
  • Michael Fisher, faculty, RHCHP, Department of Health Care Education
  • Kim Frisch, Dean of Admissions
  • Steve Jacobs, Assistant Provost
  • Meme Kinoti, Chair, CPS Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) Program
  • Shari Plantz-Masters, Interim Assistant Dean, CC&IS
  • Michael Vaughn, public member, Regis Learning Solutions

In addition, the Strategic Plan Implementation Team for this effort has been established and held an initial meeting. The members of that group are as follows:

  • Patricia Ladewig, Provost, Chair
  • Steve Jacobs, Assistant Provost
  • Matt Daly, Chair, RC Business
  • David Bauman, RC Business
  • Lara Narcisi, faculty RC
  • Marty Sipos, CPS SOM
  • Donna Van Dusen, CPS SOM
  • Eugene Wilkerson, CPS MNM
  • Douglas Hart, CC&IS
  • Sheila Landfair-Mueller, SOM affiliate faculty

During the coming year, we will not appoint an interim dean. Instead Matt Daly, chair of the Division of Business in Regis College, and Donna Van Dusen, assistant dean of the School of Management will serve as co-leads and will meet regularly with me to move the process of unification forward.

This week the business faculty and staff came together for our first “official” meeting. We began reviewing plans for the year and establishing committees to consider the organizational structure; the name, vision, mission, and goals of the college; the question of whether to pursue external accreditation and, if so, from which group; and the blending of curricular offerings.

Moving forward in a new direction is both exciting and challenging, but the spirit of cooperation and the openness to change shown by our business faculty has continually impressed me. They are a creative, motivated group, and with your support and encouragement, we can build an exceptional college in the Jesuit tradition of excellence.

Best wishes to you all,

Patricia Ladewig, Ph.D.