New business dean to start in August


    Ghianda Becerril
    Staff Writer

    Robert Scherer will become the new dean of the College of Business on Aug. 1, it was announced last week. Scherer is currently the dean of Cleveland State University’s College of Business.

    In the news release announcing the appointment, University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe said, “Dr. Scherer was a leading candidate throughout our nationwide search, so we are extremely pleased to have him join us.”

    Scherer was part of a strong undergraduate business program at Cleveland State, the news release said. With a bachelor’s degree in communication and theater from Miami University in Ohio, a master’s degree in management from the University of the Redlands, and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Mississippi, Scherer was credited with successfully raising the business program to a strong level.

    “I am thrilled about joining the University of Dallas, and excited to begin collaborating with students, faculty and staff in fulfillment of University and College of Business’ missions,” Scherer said. “I am also eager to begin reaching out to the greater Dallas/Fort Worth business community to address their educational and professional needs.”

    During his tenure as dean of Cleveland State, Scherer focused on positioning the college as a vital economic force in the community, building academic programs to meet the market needs of the regional business community. He has also introduced a number of new programs to encourage more innovative approaches in teaching, research and service, as well as in internal operations. During the last eight years, Scherer has secured more than $6 million in federal, state, and local grant and contract funds for international- and small-business academic and business outreach programs.

    Keefe said “the success he has demonstrated in building the Cleveland State’s College of Business will be invaluable as our College of Business continues its efforts to obtain AACSB [Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business] accreditation.”

    The program at UD has gone through five deans in 10 years. Keefe said a lack of continuity in leadership and a lack of convenient access to the school contributed to the turnover.

    “The success of the GSM program is integral to the University of Dallas’ success,” Keefe said. “The success of the program is essential for the bright future of the university.”

    Although the university is thrilled to have a new dean to help the program prosper, Keefe stated that much is owed to Dr. Brian Murray.

    “We would not be as optimistic about moving forward the college of business were it not for the professional leadership that the Interim Dean Murray has brought to UD,” Keefe said.


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