This is it. My final Dean’s Report as Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration at Fort Lewis College. My last day will be June 30, 2017 and Steven Elias will become SOBA Dean on July 1, 2017.
When I returned to Fort Lewis College on February 1, 2015 I was given two specific goals: 1) Obtain an extension of accreditation from AACSB and 2) Ensure the SOBA curriculum is converted from 4 to 3-credit courses and the revised degree programs be in place for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am proud to say that I will be leaving Fort Lewis College having successfully achieved both goals.
The School of Business Administration’s AACSB accreditation has been extended until 2021. This means that this attestation of high quality management education, first obtained by SOBA in 1974, has be re-affirmed keeping SOBA a member of the less than 5% of world-wide business schools holding this accreditation. We at SOBA are proud of this long lasting accreditation and I am proud of my involvement with SOBA in both the 2010-11 and the 2016-17 continuous improvement review processes. It has been a pleasure, and a challenge, bringing together faculty, administration, staff, students and external stakeholders to meet the goal of proving the quality of our SOBA programs.
The SOBA curriculum restructuring has just completed its first full academic year. Ninety (90) SOBA courses were successfully converted from 4-credit to 3-credit courses. I commend the SOBA faculty for their excellent job in maintaining required learning outcomes during this conversion. This was affirmed this year as the Accounting, Business Administration and Economics degree programs all successfully completed their first separate (previously SOBA was reviewed as a whole via AACSB) academic program review. While it will be a couple of years before the new curriculum is completed by a cohort of students, the transition to the new degree programs appears to be going smoothly.
On a personal note, at the end of this month I will be selling my house here in Durango and will be moving back to Ohio to be closer to my eight (8) grandchildren. I will not be retiring; I have accepted a Visiting Professor of Accounting position at Ashland University. In what seems to be a pattern, this is a return to the school where I taught prior to coming to Fort Lewis.
Good luck to my replacement, Steven Elias, and to the faculty, staff and students of SOBA.
All the Best,
Paul McGurr Interim Dean, School of Business Administration