BROCKPORT, N.Y.—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has appointed an experienced dean and program builder to lead its new School of Business Administration and Economics.
Daniel L. Petree, PhD, who currently serves as the inaugural dean of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will steer the transformation of Brockport’s Department of Business Administration and Economics into a robust school that accents the distinctiveness of its academic programs.
Petree is looking forward to the challenge.
“What makes this opportunity particularly appealing to me are the quality of the faculty, their commitment to excellence as evidenced by having earned AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation while still a department, the energy and commitment of the entire College at Brockport community to continue to enhance the reputation of the institution among its peers and stakeholders and the emphasis on improving the student learning and living experience that seems clearly to be a core value,” says Petree, who begins his new assignment July 1.
Under Petree’s leadership, Embry-Riddle’s College of Business grew significantly with new facilities, programs and alumni participation. He worked to develop its strategic plan, oversaw the design and construction of a new building and helped it achieve the most gender and cultural diversity of any of the university’s academic units. Prior to his time at Embry-Riddle, he served in leadership positions at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.
The impetus for creating a stand-alone school of business was part of the College’s restructuring from three to five schools, a process which began in the spring of 2009. Benefits will include a focus on the distinctiveness of its programs, the development of additional business programs, the offering of a wider variety of electives, a stronger partnership with the College’s Small Business Development Center and an integration of the local business community with the strategic direction of the School.
“Moving to a school of business will increase the stature of our business degree programs and create more opportunities for our students and faculty to partner with local businesses,” said Anne E. Huot, PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs for the College. “Dean Petree has proven he can launch a business school and he is exactly what we need to take our program to an even greater level of quality.”
Petree is excited to familiarize himself with the Brockport students and faculty, saying that process will be key to formulating a vision for the new school as it moves forward. But he’s already anticipating a positive relationship with the Rochester area business community.
“I am convinced that the local and regional business and professional communities will welcome a strong partner and hope that the School will respond by building upon its already considerable brand equity to become the partner that Brockport, Rochester, and the region deserve,” he says.