With an extensive background in marketing and organizational issues, William Lesch, PhD, knows a great brand when he sees one. In the St. Ambrose University College of Business, he sees an outstanding institution with great opportunities to grow.
The Dubuque, Iowa, native began his duties as dean of the College of Business in July.
"Looking across the landscape of St. Ambrose, I think this is a wonderful opportunity," he said. "The reputation and the impact of the graduate programs I think are excellent, and the undergraduate programs are well-suited to preparing the next generation of business leadership. I just couldn't be more excited."
A graduate of his hometown's Loras College, Lesch previously taught at Baylor University, Illinois State University and the University of North Dakota. He earned his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
The new dean is pleased to note the SAU Communications Department's academic programs are an integral part of the College of Business. "Public relations, organizational communication, mass communications and advertising-these are all professional areas the college has been building and for which market demand promises to be strong in the coming years," he said.
Lesch also is excited about the college's growing international connections, with more students studying abroad and the on-campus international student population steadily increasing. Institutional programming also is focusing on the larger world.
"The college should be proud of its efforts and successes in the international arena," he said. "The faculty have made international competencies a priority, and this strengthens our graduates for growth in their careers."
Lesch said he is impressed with the quality of business programs, as well as the faculty, staff and students who comprise the College of Business.
"It is clear to me that the college has been led by very capable faculty and staff," he said. "The relationships with regional businesses and governmental institutions are very strong and afford the university and the College of Business the means to continue a tradition of service excellence."