Carroll University names new Dean of the School of Business

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 5/3/2017

Categories: Business Faculty and Staff University News


Carroll University has appointed Dr. Steven Bialek to the position of Dean of the School of Business. He will begin his role in July 2017 as the founding dean of the newly created school at the university.

"Dr. Bialek brings strong administrative, program development and fundraising experience to this role, as well as substantial engagement with the Milwaukee-area business community," said Dr. Joanne Passaro, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Our shared vision is to develop a school that will be a pillar of excellence at Carroll University known for the quality of its programs and deep engagement in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond."

Carroll’s business programs currently make up the Department of Business, Economics and Accounting which is comprised of areas of study including accounting, business administration, business economics, finance, management and leadership, marketing and health care administration. The department will transition to officially become the School of Business as of July 1, 2017.

In total, seven majors and six minors are offered for undergraduate students while a graduate level MBA program is also available. Business programs make up some of Carroll’s largest majors with many students interested in pursuing a major or minor in an area of business. Over the years there has been an increased demand for graduates entering the workforce to have a basic understanding of business principles.

"I’m excited to join Carroll University, an institution with a strong reputation and abundance of accomplishments in many areas," said Bialek. "The opportunity to engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni and business leaders alike will provide an excellent base for building the school of business upon the solid foundation already in place. Waukesha County is a leader in the business community and as the area continues to expand and grow I look forward to ensuring that Carroll is part of the progress."

Bialek currently serves as interim vice president of academics at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), a position he assumed in August 2015. Prior to his current role, he held the appointment of chair of MSOE’s Rader School of Business since 2006 having joined the institution in 1990. He regularly teaches in the areas of strategic management, organizational behavior, leadership development and project management, and has also focused on fundraising and strategic development of programs.

Many institutional milestones were accomplished during Bialek’s time at MSOE including establishing the Center for Entrepreneurship, adding the Carter Apple Technologies Learning Suite, introducing a Master of Business Administration degree, incorporating an annual international business study abroad program for graduate students, expanding business internships and entrepreneurial practicum experiences as well as creating an MBA in Education Leadership in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Bialek earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in higher & postsecondary education administration. Bialek is a Wisconsin native and currently lives in Oconomowoc with his wife and two children. 

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