KU News Release


Sept. 22, 2010
Contact: Toni Dixon, School of Business, (785) 864-4449; or Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8866

Business dean to step down after 11 years, focus on corporate connections

William L. Fuerst


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LAWRENCE — University of Kansas School of Business Dean William L. Fuerst will step down in June 2011 after serving 11 years, the second-longest tenure of any business dean. KU will launch a nationwide search this fall to select Fuerst’s successor.

Fuerst, who will remain on the faculty, was named dean in June 2000 after serving as associate dean of Texas A&M’s Lowry Mays School of Business. Only Frank Stockton, who served from 1924 to 1947, had a longer tenure as business dean at KU.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter has asked Fuerst to participate in a new venture that seeks to expand connections with area corporations and to create opportunities for student internships, research collaborations and entrepreneurship.

“We appreciate the leadership Dean Fuerst has provided during his long tenure as dean,” Vitter said. “KU has benefited from the quality of our business school and the new programs it now offers. In the same way, I know that he will help improve our efforts in corporate relations.”

During Fuerst’s tenure as dean the school added five majors — finance, supply chain management, management and leadership, marketing and information systems — along with a minor in business and a master’s of business administration with a concentration in supply chain management offered with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. Academic programs added include the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for International Business. The tenured faculty has grown from 43 to 62, allowing for additional enrollment in the popular business school courses. Enrollment has grown from 1,366 in 2000 to 1,680 now.

The school significantly increased access to business programs, learning experiences and courses for both business and nonbusiness students at KU. Notably, a third of all undergraduates in business now have a study abroad experience, and the Jayhawks on Wall Street and Xplore programs connect students with alumni in business in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and around the country.

The school also has strengthened relationships with alumni and the business community. Each major has a board of advisers made up of alumni in business in that area, providing expertise and contacts.

“I have been honored to be the dean, and I am very proud of the significant accomplishments in the School of Business during my years as dean,” Fuerst said. “My 30-year career in academia has focused on serving students. We are now better meeting the needs of our students, employers and greater academic community. The school is well-positioned for continued success in the future.”

Fuerst holds a doctorate in management information systems from Texas Tech University and a master’s of business administration from Northern Illinois University. His bachelor’s degree, in psychology, is from Knox College. He was a member of the Texas A&M University faculty from 1979 to 2000.


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