September 28, 2015 at 1:00pm

Dr. J. Mark Munoz named Interim Dean of Tabor School of Business

Mark MunozMillikin University has appointed Dr. J. Mark Munoz, professor of management and international business, interim dean of the Tabor School of Business, effective Nov. 2, 2015.

Dr. Munoz will succeed Dr. Susan M. Kruml, who will assume her duties as vice president of academic affairs at Midland University in Fremont, Neb., beginning Nov. 2. Millikin University will conduct a comprehensive national search for the next dean of the Tabor School of Business.

A Millikin faculty member since 2001, Dr. J. Mark Munoz is a former Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a recipient of several awards, including three best research paper awards, a literary award, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award. In 2012, he was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar by the Academy of Global Business Advancement.

"Dr. Susan Kruml has been an important leader of Millikin University in her time as a faculty member at Millikin and especially during her last two years as dean of the Tabor School of Business," said Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White. "We are sorry to see her go, and wish her well in her new leadership position at Midland University."

President White added, "We are fortunate in having Mark Munoz ready to take over as interim dean. Dr. Munoz has a wealth of teaching and research experience and will be an effective leader during this important, transitional period for Millikin University. Dr. Munoz will bring outstanding leadership to our students and faculty in the Tabor School of Business as we continue our commitment to excellence in Performance Learning."

Aside from top-tier journal publications and book chapters, Dr. Munoz has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books including: "Winning Across Borders," "A Salesman in Asia," "International Social Entrepreneurship," "Contemporary Microenterprise," "Handbook on the Geopolitics of Business" and "Hispanic Latino Entrepreneurship."

Dr. Munoz holds a Ph.D. in Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. Prior to joining Millikin, he held senior management roles for diverse multinational organizations.

Susan KrumlDr. Susan Kruml began serving as dean of the Tabor School of Business in March 2013. Under her leadership, the Tabor School of Business initiated programs to increase alumni engagement, encourage entrepreneurship and align academic programs with areas of student demand.

A tenured member of the faculty at Millikin University, Dr. Kruml also held the title of associate professor of management, and has spent more than two decades teaching courses in business since moving into higher education. Her private sector experiences include 14 years in the agricultural seed business, as well as extensive consulting work with large clients in healthcare, education, insurance and government.

"We are very grateful for the exceptional work that Dr. Susan Kruml has done in leading the Tabor School of Business," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "We are thankful for her leadership and guidance during her time with Millikin and wish her much success in her new role."

Dr. Aper noted, "Dr. Munoz will maintain the forward momentum and high standards of excellence for which the Tabor School of Business is known in both the academic and business communities."

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offered only at Millikin that gives students the chance to build the confidence and skills to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 96 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at millikin.edu.