John Beehler took the reins of the RMU School of Business in January, after serving as the founding provost and vice president for academic excellence and student success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, the first public university operating within the city's borders.
Beehler also served as founding vice president for research, economic development, and public engagement.
The University of North Texas at Dallas
was launched in 2000 as an extension campus of the University of North Texas, and in 2010 became an independent institution, with a brand-new campus, serving Dallas' long-neglected southern neighborhoods.
Starting a university from scratch is a rare experience that Beehler
plans to put to good use at Robert Morris
At UNT-Dallas he served on the Commission on Building the University of the 21st Century alongside business and civic leaders including Dallas Mavericks owner and Mt. Lebanon native Mark Cuban.
Robert Morris is a homecoming of sorts for Beehler, who grew up in the Poconos and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Penn State.
Beehler is a certified public accountant who went on to earn an MBA in finance and taxation and a Ph.D. in accounting and taxation from Indiana University.
It's a natural fit," said Beehler
Beehler counts among RMU's strengths a solid alumni base, its technology infused business school building, and its Student Engagement Program - which is encapsulated in the Student Engagement Transcript, an official university transcript that documents students' learning outside the classroom.
"I've always been interested in universities with a high level of student engagement and public engagement," said Beehler
"The more engaged you are with your community, the better you are as a university."
Beehler previously served as the dean of the Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University and as dean of the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.
At RMU, Beehler
succeeds Derya Jacobs as dean of the School of Business.
Jacobs is now the university's vice provost for research and graduate education, and during her tenure as dean oversaw construction of the business school building and accreditation by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
In 2009, the RMU School of Business
became one of only 650 institutions worldwide to achieve this prestigious designation.
Jacobs served as dean from 2004 to 2011, and Patrick Litzinger, head of the Department of Economics and Legal Studies, was interim dean for a year before Beehler came on board last month.
is a great match for RMU