New business dean hopes to build on existing strengths

Craig Van Slyke, associate dean for Academic Programs at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has been selected as the dean of The W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University, effective July 1.

Van Slyke said NAU’s focus on increasing access to undergraduate education and the potential for growth within The W.A. Franke College of Business attracted him to the role.

“As a first generation college student myself, I know the impact that a university like NAU can have on someone’s life,” Van Slyke said. “I want to be part of that.”

Van Slyke said he sees opportunities to build on the college’s existing strengths including enhancements to technology.

During his tenure at Saint Louis University, Van Slyke was involved with implementing technological advancements, including an initiative that allowed all classrooms to become virtual computer labs.

“I am a big believer in active learning, and improving access to technology opens up those opportunities,” he said.

Liz Grobsmith, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Van Slyke “brings both outstanding vision and skills to the position.”

Van Slyke has served as an associate dean at Saint Louis University since 2008, where he also worked as a department chair and associate professor. Prior to joining Saint Louis University, he was as an associate professor at the University of Central Florida and an assistant professor at Ohio University. Van Slyke has more than 17 years experience in higher education and more than 10 years experience in the private sector.

Van Slyke earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida, a master’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University and a doctorate in information systems from the University of South Florida.

The search for a dean began in the summer, with Mason Gerety, vice president of Advancement and former dean of the college, appointed as interim dean in July.