School of Business

Dean's Welcome

Brad Kleindl - Dean for the College of Management

The College of Management at Park University has crafted its vision with input from our faculty, advisory board, students, and other key constituents. We believe Park business graduates need to be globally competitive. We have all watched the world change over the years and know the quality of global talent that we face in a more internationally competitive business world.

During my time in higher education administration, I’ve negotiated relationships with more than 14 international business programs in a dozen countries on five continents and participated twice as a Senior Fulbright Specialist. Today there are more than 13,000 business schools and programs around the world. Developed and developing countries have restructured their higher education systems creating opportunities for millions of students. From my personal experiences, I’ve seen the quality of the world's future business leaders who are emerging as major competitors to the United States.

I’ve had the unique opportunity to see parts of the world on the verge of major change. I’ve passed through Checkpoint Charlie from West to East Berlin. I’ve seen Europe move from countries with separate borders and currencies to a European Union. I’ve watched China move from a communist dictatorship with virtually no businesses to become the second largest economy in the world. And I’ve seen the Iron Curtain fall.

From these experiences, I believe Park’s College of Management — and business schools throughout the U.S. — have an obligation to meet the challenge of globalizing business education. In part, globalization requires that we help students gain a global perspective by understanding the impact of a more internationalized business environment. But to make our students truly global, we must make them globally competitive.

Throughout its history, Park has been at the forefront of creating an international educational experience for students. In 1880, Park welcomed its first international student from Japan and started its relationship with the military in 1889. Today, Park students find themselves in an enriching environment — both on campus and online — comprised of more than 650 international students representing 110 countries. Many of the Park University College of Management faculty have traveled the world and bring that international perspective to the classroom. As dean of the College of Management, I want students to have even more opportunities for a globally competitive education.

Park’s quality education flows from our faculty who play an important role in shaping our student's future, guiding them from limited knowledge of a topic to a level of critical thinking and complex decision-making. Park’s faculty, through teaching quality and service learning opportunities, offer students — whether from the U.S. or one of 110 countries — the building blocks to fulfill their educational goals. The College of Management at Park University builds an educational platform that opens a world of opportunities for students and the communities we serve.  

Dean, College of Management and Professor of Marketing 
Brad Kleindl, Ph.D.