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Dean at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management will step down

David Donnelly
David Donnelly

The dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to step down, and the university is gearing up to find his replacement.

David Donnelly was named dean in 2014 after Teng-Kee Tan left for health reasons. Tan died a year ago.

When Donnelly took the position, he said he would lead UMKC’s business school for three years and then return to the classroom full time, teaching in the department of accountancy.

UMKC plans to name a new leader for the Bloch School in 2017.

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The university has started laying out plans for the search. Earlier this week the university’s provost’s office sent a survey request to faculty and staff of the Bloch School asking for their help on the process.

Survey results will be used in developing a position description. The survey asks such questions as, “What are your greatest hopes for the Bloch School? What are your greatest fears or concerns about the Bloch School?” And it asks, “What skills, knowledge and dispositions do you most desire to have in the next dean of the Bloch School?”

Donnelly, who was unavailable for comment Wednesday, was serving as dean of the Bloch School during an investigation by The Star. The newspaper found that business school faculty members submitted false data to get top rankings for the Bloch School’s entrepreneurship program from The Princeton Review.

As a result of The Star’s investigation, The Princeton Review last year stripped the Bloch School of four years of top 25 rankings.

Then in April 2015 an internal audit that focused on financial issues said the business school ran up a nearly $11 million operating deficit as it pursued a national and global reputation from 2009 to 2014. University officials said at the time that the Bloch School had been balancing its budget each of those years by dipping into the university’s reserve fund.

Tan was dean during that time.

Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, who will guide the search process for the new dean, said, “The Bloch School is entering into an exciting period with a new strategic plan underway, a balanced budget” and new programs, including an intensive full-time MBA.

“This momentum is the result of Dave’s leadership,” Bichelmeyer said.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

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