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April 15, 2004
CONTACT: Ron Podell

Mielke appointed dean of Eastern Michigan's
College of Business

YPSILANTI - David E. Mielke, 58, has been appointed dean of Eastern Michigan University's College of Business (COB), effective July 1, 2004, pending approval by the EMU Board of Regents.

Currently, Mielke is a professor of accounting at Grand Valley State University and former dean of the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley. Mielke will replace Nick Blanchard, who has served as interim dean of the COB since July 1, 2003.

David Mielke, new dean of the College of Business
David E. Mielke

Paul Schollaert, EMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Mielke's background made him an especially good fit for EMU.

"David Mielke has demonstrated the ability to work well with the business community. He understands well the needs of the full spectrum of regional firms and he can help Eastern Michigan University continue to provide strong services to this community," Schollaert said. "Additionally, he understands the importance of preparing students for work in the global economy and I am certain that he will provide exceptional curricular leadership to this end."

"The College of Business (at EMU) has a strong tradition of excellence through its teaching and research and service," Mielke said. "The vision of President (Samuel A.) Kirkpatrick demonstrates the leadership that I think is essential for a university to excel."

Mielke said he plans to build on the college's strong foundation by being actively involved in the business community.

"This means new educational program development, partnerships and the development of resources," he said. "The expansion of existing and new programs might include an emphasis on technology management, new product development, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurship and small business and economic development. It also is important to develop new resources to support faculty research, especially as it applies in the business world."  

Mielke earned his doctorate in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; his master's degree in finance from the University of Chicago; and his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.  

Since coming to Grand Valley State in 1999, Mielke has started nine new academic programs. During his tenure, enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students has increased more than 10 percent each year. He helped bring in more than $12 million in external funding in 2003 and helped the college secure an award in 2001 to serve as headquarters for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Center network.

Mielke previously was director of the International Business Studies program at Marquette University from 1991-99. He was a faculty member there from 1980-99 and served as interim dean of Marquette's College of Business Administration from 1994-95.

In addition to his academic credentials, Mielke has extensive experience in commerce. He was secretary-treasurer of the Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Oshkosh, Wis., from 1974-77. He also worked for   Robert W. Baird & Co., a Milwaukee financial services firm.


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