Nearly 200 UMKC officials, faculty, staff and community guests came together Friday, March 7 at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management for a special dedication recognizing the achievements of former Bloch School Dean, Dr. Teng-Kee Tan.
Tan, who served as dean of the Bloch School from 2009-2013 (when he had to step down for health reasons), brought many years of corporate, entrepreneurial, academic and global experience to the Bloch School and was honored for leading initiatives that brought transformative and enduring change to the Bloch School, the university and the Kansas City community.
To honor the spirit, energy, passion and innovation that Tan was known for, the university dedicated the open atrium space in the new Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in his honor.
In his comments, David Donnelly, Ph.D., who was recently named the new Bloch School dean, noted “During his time as dean, Teng-Kee’s passion for excellence, and his infectious energy, worked its way throughout this school. He has been more than just an effective leader. Working with the faculty and community, he helped create a vision for the Bloch School that ignited progress and growth.”
Donnelly also talked about the “twin pillars philosophy” Tan brought to the school – unifying the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors and focusing on entrepreneurial and innovative thinking as the foundation for transforming talent.
“His vision revolutionized our approach and brought us together as one, a school of Management,” Donnelly said.
UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton praised the impact Tan has had on the university and the community.
“The Bloch School’s reputation for excellence has raised the profile of the entire university,” Morton said. “If not for this school’s accomplishments, Kansas City would not be striving for identification as America’s Most Entrepreneurial City. And UMKC would not be such a hotbed of entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurial activity, spreading across our two UMKC campuses, and even throughout the University of Missouri System.”
Henry Bloch, co-founder, H&R Block and Bloch School benefactor, thanked Tan for helping give the Bloch School a national presence and for the quick execution of new programs, initiatives, and particularly the completion of the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is the finest business school dean in the United States,” Bloch said. “It has truly been an honor to work with him.”
Teng-Kee Tan gave a speech in which he touted how fortunate he was to have been named dean of the Bloch School, citing how impressed he was from the beginning with the vision and aspiration of Kansas City and saying of Henry Bloch, “I learned things from him you learn from a father. He is like a father to me.”
A four-foot sign dedicating the Dr. Teng-Kee Tan Atrium was unveiled in the center of the Atrium space.
In addition, Tan was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Sly James and the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizing Tan’s many achievements, including “elevating the visibility of both the Bloch School and the university to the Kansas City community to inform, educate and engage.
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