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BSU names new dean for College of Business, Technology and Communication

BEMIDJI – Shawn Strong has been named dean of Bemidji State University’s College of Business, Technology and Communication.

Martin Tadlock, provost and vice president for academic affairs at BSU, announced the hire Tuesday morning.

Strong comes to Bemidji State after 14 years on the faculty at Missouri State University, according to a news release from BSU. He currently serves as professor of technology and construction management in Missouri State’s College of Business and heads its Department of Technology and Construction Management.

Strong initially was an assistant professor for four years and then was promoted to associate professor, the news release said. He was named department chair four years later and promoted to professor after five years. Prior to his work at Missouri State, Strong was a graduate instructor at Iowa State University while completing his doctoral degree.

His will begin work at BSU July 1.

“We are pleased to have Shawn join our Academic Affairs team at Bemidji State,” Tadlock said in the release. “His experience as a faculty member and chair, his collaborative leadership style, and his passion for teaching and learning are all a great fit for the college and university.”

The student-focused nature of the university and the quality of the Bemidji community drew him to the position, Strong said in the release.

“I believe Bemidji State’s leadership team has worked with faculty and staff to develop a master plan that will successfully guide the institution through unprecedented times of change in higher education,” he said. “BSU has made some of the hard fiscal decisions that many institutions were not able to make and is now poised for great things.

Strong has been published in more than a dozen professional journals and has participated in American Council for Construction Education accreditation reviews for more than a half-dozen institutions. He holds professional memberships in the International Faculty Management Association, Epsilon Phi Tau, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Project Management Institute and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

He has an associate’s degree from Northwest Iowa Technical College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State College in Nebraska, and a doctorate in industrial education and technology from Iowa State University.

Strong will take over the College of Business, Technology and Communication from Carol Nielsen, who served as interim dean of the college since August 2011.