Henry W. Bloch School of Management begins search for new dean

The University of Missouri-Kansas City recently appointed a search committee to fill the position of permanent Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The new Dean will lead the school as it continues its momentum as one of UMKC’s fastest growing academic units and one of the country’s leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation education.

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Have you thought about getting your M.P.A.?

The Bloch M.P.A. is a great match for UMKC employeesChangePhotowithLogo

Graduates of the Bloch Master of Public Administration program work for UMKC in supervisory positions all over the university. Whether you’re a mid-career adult looking for a career change or simply ready for the next stage in professional development, the Bloch M.P.A. could be what you need to push your career forward.

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Bloch Gears Up for Grand Opening!

New Bloch Hall to be Officially Dedicated Aug. 27

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Excitement’s in the air as the Bloch School prepares to officially open and dedicate the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The building will open in time for classes in mid-August, but the official event to make the dedication and acknowledge benefactor Henry W. Bloch as well as celebrate with our students and alumni is scheduled for Aug. 27.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bloch School courtyard area, 5110 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Mo.
WHAT: Brief dedication program followed by the Welcome Back Student Barbecue, sponsored by the Bloch School Alumni Association.

Enjoy the fun and fair-like ambience as we celebrate this new beginning for the Bloch School….

Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

In a kickoff event on Oct. 19, the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the Department of Public Affairs launched the Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

This fun new initiative is designed to develop social entrepreneurship and innovative civic leadership in the Greater Kansas City region as it enables the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs to serve our community.
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Bloch Accounting Program Ranked Among Top 5 in Nation for CPA Pass Rate

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management accounting program CPA pass rate has been ranked among the top 5 in the nation in the category of medium-size programs by the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) CPA Candidate Performance Book. The accounting program’s CPA pass rate among all schools nationwide ranks in the top 25.

CPA exam candidates report their academic affiliation when taking the exam, allowing NASBA to accumulate yearly statistics on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Examination, and the reported success rate is determined from these pieces of information.

“This is a ranking based purely on students test scores. It reflects the that fact that Bloch students have some of the highest scores in the nation. Our dedicated, quality faculty provide a rigor in our accounting program that prepares students to succeed in this very difficulty field of study,” Georgia Smedley, Ph.D., Accounting Department Chair, said. “The CPA exam is a standard unified exam across the country. It does not vary by state like the Barr exam. Therefore, Bloch students are competing on even ground with students from the best schools in the U.S.

Department of Accountancy Chair Dr. Georgia Smedley talks about the ranking to accounting alumni.

The Bloch School program beat both Georgetown University and Cornell University (at No. 7 and No. 6, respectively) and is in the company of Concordia College (Moorehead), No. 4; Washington University St. Louis, No. 3; Vanderbilt University, No. 2; and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, at No. 1.

Additional facts about this ranking include:

  • The Bloch School had 57 students take the CPA exam in 2011, a higher number than any of the programs in the top ten (Wharton, for example, only had 34 students able to take the exam).
  • The national average pass rate for the CPA exam is approximately 45%. The average pass rate for Bloch students is 73%.

“This ranking is a very big deal,” Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch said. “The Bloch School is demonstrating national excellence among a very elite group which is a testament to the rigor, quality and outstanding faculty in the accounting department. They are truly dedicated to student success and this ranking proves it.”

This ranking is the latest of many achievements by the Bloch School in the past year, including:

  • The Bloch School’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs each moved up in the Princeton review rankings in Sept. 2012, putting them at No. 12 and 19 respectively.
  • Nonprofit management focus in the Master of Public Administration program is ranked No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The brand new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is scheduled to open in Fall 2013 and will house graduate, executive and entrepreneurship programs.
  • The Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) entrepreneurship MBA emphasis is recognized as the 2012 National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
  • Driven by research productivity in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s Department for Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UMKC was ranked No. 1 in the world for innovation management.

Regnier Gift Puts New Name on Institute

Pictured, from left: Institute Executive Director Michael Song, UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton, Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch, FAIA ACSA Distinguished Professor Victor Regnier (University of Southern California School of Architecture), Catherine Regnier and President and CEO, Bank of Blue Valley, Robert Regnier.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management have received a $3 million gift from the Regnier Family Foundations to endow the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the Bloch School.
The foundations were established in 1990 by Victor A., Jr., Robert D. and Catherine M. Regnier to honor their parents’ legacy.

“The Institute has demonstrated excellence nationally and globally in business entrepreneurship and innovation. Now UMKC is taking that experience and strategically infusing other schools on campus with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset,” said Victor Regnier, FAIA ACSA Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. “This allows the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bloch School to strengthen all disciplines. Taking an entrepreneurial approach to the application of knowledge and research in engineering, law, performing arts and health sciences is a model from which every university can benefit.”

The Foundations established for Victor L. and Helen Benning Regnier promotes higher education, children’s programs and libraries, primarily in the Kansas City area. The UMKC gift will provide an opportunity for more students to apply to the Institute’s nationally and globally ranked entrepreneurship programs offered through the Bloch School.
The Regniers have been long-time supporters of the Institute, having named the Institute’s Venture Creation Challenge event (Regnier Venture Creation Challenge) with an annual gift in 2007.

The Challenge is designed to encourage student venture creation through a forum in which students can present new venture concepts to local investors, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, UMKC students develop business plans supporting commercialization of high-growth-potential technologies as well as their own original ventures. These student teams compete in the Challenge for various awards.

Several of the student ventures have achieved initial success. Tim Sylvester’s Integrated Roadways, featured in The Wall Street Journal, created sensors to detect hazardous road conditions, using a modular pavement system. Shane Spencer’s Green REIT – a real estate investment trust focused exclusively on renewable energy – secured nine figures in investment in his first year and made Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Real Estate list.

Kristen Kenney, an alumna of the UMKC Law School, won a University of Missouri System award for RE:Cite, which helps make legal services more profitable for practitioners and more cost-effective for consumers. The product has an addressable market value of more than $800 million.

“The Regnier Family understands the significance of this experiential learning challenge as well as the quality of the entrepreneurship programs at the Bloch School,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton.

“Their gift will allow the Institute to continue to draw the best students and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs who will be critical to our regional, state and national economies.”

“It is imperative for our community to support the Bloch School and UMKC so that we may continue to grow and become among the best in the world,” Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan said. “The generosity of people like Henry Bloch and the Regnier Family, among others, has been critical to our success, but we must continue to sustain, grow and graduate students with an innovative and global mindset, regardless of discipline.”
The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation develops and delivers UMKC’s entrepreneurship offerings, including the Bloch School’s degree programs at all levels and cross-disciplinary programs university-wide.

IEI Director Michael Song stressed the importance of the gift in conducting that work, saying, “The Regnier Family’s generosity will help us reach more students, create more entrepreneurs and more ventures and take our programs to the next level of excellence.”

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