The yearlong search for a new dean of the Bloch School ended recently with the announcement that Dr. Brian Klaas will be taking over the position. Klaas, who was officially offered the position in March, begins his duties on July 1.
Klaas’s appointment comes at the latter end of a tumultuous few years for the Bloch School. In 2014, the school was investigated and found at fault for submitting false numbers to achieve better rankings. As a result, the Princeton Review stripped the school of its Top 25 rankings from 2011 to 2014. In 2015, an audit stated the Bloch School had accrued a nearly $11 million operating deficit while attempting to improve rankings.
Teng-Kee Tan was dean at the time the falsifications and debt accumulation occurred. Tan stepped down due to health reasons in 2014. He died in May 2015.
Taking Tan’s place as dean was David Donnelly, who said he would hold the position for three years and then return to full-time teaching.
Those three years have passed, and now Klaas is taking on the role of Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Klaas is currently Senior Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Director of the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He is also a professor of management and has served in chair and faculty director positions at USC.
“There are exciting opportunities to deepen partnerships with organizations in Kansas City and beyond,” Klaas said in a UMKC press release. “And to develop new programs in response to emerging needs, to enhance accessibility by leveraging technology, and to find new ways for partner organizations to serve as learning laboratories, where students and faculty help tackle critical organizational challenges.”