Bloomsburg University business dean Michael Tidwell named dean of Eastern Michigan University College of Business

by Geoff Larcom, Published May 22, 2012

Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has been named the dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University.


Michael Tidwell

Tidwell, 38, has served as dean at Bloomsburg since the spring of 2010. His selection, announced to the Eastern campus today by EMU Provost and Vice President Kim Schatzel, comes after a national search that brought four finalists to campus for interviews and public forums.

The appointment is effective July 1, subject to approval by the EMU Board of Regents. Tidwell's annual salary will be $195,000.

Tidwell succeeds David Mielke, who is stepping down in July after serving as Dean of the College of Business since July of 2004.

"I'm excited and honored to accept this opportunity at Eastern Michigan University," Tidwell said. "EMU's College of Business has an excellent reputation, distinctive curriculum and programs, such as Ethos Week, and faculty who enjoy an exceptional relationship with students. I'm looking forward to leading the college and working with President Martin, Provost Schatzel and their university team."

Schatzel said that the search committee should be acknowledged for its efforts, which resulted in a strong national pool of candidates presented for consideration to the college and campus.

"Dean Tidwell distinguished himself through his strengths in fundraising and building relationships with the business and alumni community," Schatzel said. "He is a very collaborative leader who will work effectively with the college's faculty, staff and alumni to advance the college even further. I also want to thank Dean Mielke for his eight years of distinguished service and leadership of the college and the many important legacies he leaves, such as Ethos Week." 

EMU President Susan Martin said, "We are delighted to welcome Michael Tidwell to Eastern Michigan. We are proud of our business school and its global mission, and I'm confident Michael will continue its excellence and vibrant growth. I also want to thank Dean Mielke for his leadership and vision over the last eight years."

Tidwell, a native of southern California, earned a bachelor's degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and his master's and doctoral degrees from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He dissertation topic was, "Analyzing the Effects of Personality on the Information Seeking Behaviors of Organizational Newcomers." His research interests include employee intelligence, organizational socialization within multinational corporations and organizational identity.

Before coming to Bloomsburg University, Tidwell served as assistant dean of the business school and an associate professor of management at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga, near Atlanta. He has also taught at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Ky.; Whitworth University, in Spokane, Wash.; and Truman State University, in Kirksville, Mo.

Outside of academics, Tidwell worked as assistant product manager in the marketing department of Epson America and he has worked as a management consultant.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology. The Bloomsburg College of Business graduates an average of 328 students annually and serves a student body of 1,550 students.

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The EMU College of Business describes itself as "innovative, applied and global." Its academic programs, professional education opportunities, university and business partnerships and economic development initiatives are all based on new approaches to education grounded in strong fundamentals, with a practical and real-world emphasis, incorporating an international perspective. The college, named one of the nation's top business schools for eight consecutive years by The Princeton Review, enrolls about 2,400 undergraduate students and 825 graduate students. The college emphasizes quality teaching grounded in research and with a commitment to service to the business and broader community. 



Geoff Larcom


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