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Meet Michael Tidwell, the New College of Business Dean

Published November 13, 2012

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Vision. Strategic planning. Relationship building. These are some of the strengths Michael Tidwell brings to Eastern Michigan University as the new dean of the College of Business. Tidwell, 39, previously served as dean of the College of Business at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

"Dean Tidwell is a very collaborative leader who distinguished himself through his strengths in building relationships with the business and alumni community," says EMU Provost and Vice President Kim Schatzel, adding that Tidwell was selected from a strong national pool of candidates.

"Relationship building sits at the core of everything I do. It's the only way to achieve success," says Tidwell, whose interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Washington State University combined business, liberal arts and education. Outside of academics, Tidwell worked as a professor at various universities and as a management consultant.

Tidwell says he is looking forward to plying his strengths at Eastern and designing innovative programs that reinforce connections between faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the business community; the kind of programs that provide practical knowledge students can use on day one of their careers.

 "A large part of my job is to design the types of programs that generate excitement and deliver value to students. We will be looking at ways to give our students the professional skills and polish they won't find in the classrooms alone," Tidwell says, adding that he plans to build on professional educational opportunities and university and business partnerships that have practical and real-world benefits. The College of Business enrolls about 2,400 undergraduate students and 825 graduate students.

Tidwell succeeds David Mielke, who retired July 1, 2012, after serving as dean of the College of Business since 2004. "EMU's College of Business has an excellent reputation, distinctive curriculum and programs, and faculty who enjoy exceptional relationships with students," says Tidwell. "I'm looking forward to leading the college and working with the university team."

Tidwell and his wife, Karen, are the parents of 16-year-old Cyrus and 11-year-old Bradley.