Following a national search, Adelphi University has appointed Dr. Barbara Nemecek as interim dean of its Robert B. Willumstad School of Business. Dr. Nemecek most recently was the dean and the Louis J. and Ramona Rodriguez Distinguished Professor at the Dillard College of Business Administration at Midwestern State University in Texas. She served for four years on the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), and has served in leadership positions in schools of business, multiple professional organizations, regional business councils, and has substantial private business experience.
“A business school dean for more than 15 years, Dr. Nemecek brings vision and experience to the newly named Willumstad School of Business,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gayle D. Insler. “Her experience on the AACSB board also puts her at the forefront of business education. She is an innovative thinker and her leadership will offer a new direction for our business school. I am thankful to the search committee members for their work in helping us select Dr. Nemecek.”
Before leading the Dillard College of Business Administration, Dr. Nemecek served as the founding dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and was dean and professor of marketing at Montana State University-Billings. She has extensive curriculum innovation experience from more than three decades of business and business education experiences, is published in the field of marketing, and has served as a peer reviewer for AACSB. Dr. Nemecek has formed angel networks to align institutional learning opportunities with regional economic development, and has leveraged relationships with school of business advisory boards to evolve and develop programs to meet workforce needs and enhance program innovations.
“I am privileged to join Adelphi and excited by the opportunity to work closely with the Willumstad School of Business distinguished faculty, alumni, students, and surrounding community to build on the School’s high standards of student achievement, commitment to innovation, expanding faculty research, and fostering partnerships,” said Dr. Nemecek.
“With Dr. Nemecek’s appointment, Adelphi is poised to take a leadership position in offering highly relevant programs that meet University, student, and employer expectations of excellence,” said Adelphi President Robert A. Scott. “This is a pivotal moment for the University, and I am confident that this appointment, combined with the opportunities presented by Mr. Willumstad’s recent investment, offers us an extraordinary opportunity for growth and transformation.”
Dr. Nemecek received her B.S and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
About the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
Today, nearly 580 undergraduates and 410 graduate students are enrolled in the Willumstad School of Business. Small classes, a richly diverse student body, and hands-on experience enable students to excel. Adelphi offers undergraduate programs in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing as well as part-time and accelerated M.B.A. graduate programs. Faculty members are first-rate scholars as well as experienced entrepreneurs and executives with a passion for teaching. Over the last five years, business faculty made more than 500 intellectual contributions to their fields. Innovators and top researchers, they are highly regarded for their expertise in key business disciplines.
Students gain exposure to business practice through internships and events with distinguished executives, government leaders, and scholars. Adelphi’s James Riley, Jr. Trading Room (named after a retired Goldman Sachs partner), outfitted with seven Bloomberg terminals and additional units across the campus, gives students a practical and in-depth understanding of the forces that shape the world of finance, and has been featured in The New York Times, Newsday, and Bloomberg publications. The School’s notable distinctions also include forging partnerships and developing innovative programs, such as the M.B.A. program offered to physicians affiliated with Catholic Health Services of Long Island. The goal of the program is for doctors to be well trained not only to take an active role in the future of the healthcare industry but also to acquire effective business management skills. The School boasts 17,000-plus alumni who hold senior-level positions in corporations, nonprofit organizations, government, and technology firms, among other sectors. The School is one of a small percentage of programs worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International.
Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.