October 2, 2015 at 2:00pm

Tabor School of Business appoints first Executive-in-Residence

Executive in Residence

Students in Millikin University's Tabor School of Business prepare for the professional world by engaging in Performance Learning activities, such as working with clients or creating a business. Tabor faculty members play an important role in the process by educating students on taking the next step and becoming business leaders.

As part of the Performance Learning initiative and enhancing mentorship, the Tabor School of Business has started an Executive-in-Residence position. The Executive-in-Residence will advise students on matters relating to future corporate success, and support opportunities for professional networking.

James Czuprynski, large product manager/Caterpillar used equipment services at Caterpillar Inc., has been appointed Executive-in-Residence in the Tabor School of Business.

Czuprynski has spent 37 years at Caterpillar incorporated in a wide range of leadership positions within marketing, sales, product development, strategic governance and market development.

"We are excited to be able to share Jim's depth and breadth of experience with the faculty and students," said Dr. Susan M. Kruml, dean of the Tabor School of Business.

Czuprynski is currently part of a world-wide team assigned to improve product life cycle margins and profitability through benchmarking, assessment of current state, market/competitive evaluations, collection of best practice and development/implementation of program and process improvement plans.

"I've learned a lot in the business world from our customers and fellow colleagues, and I look forward to contributing as I get to know faculty, staff and students at Millikin," said Czuprynski. "This is a great chance to coach students and aspiring entrepreneurs, and it's a great way to give back to the community."   

While at Caterpillar, Czuprynski has worked on numerous special projects and teams including: Japanese market and product development, Brazilian agriculture product/market assessment and product strategy, quarry market expansion planning for Europe and Australia, mergers and acquisition business evaluation and India engineering center of excellence development.

Czuprynski earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Augustana College.

"As Executive-in-Residence, Jim Czuprynski brings 37 years of corporate experience to the Tabor School of Business," said Dr. J. Mark Munoz, Millikin professor of management and international business. "Jim's executive experience in sales, marketing, product development, marketing communications and strategic governance enriches student learning."

Dr. Munoz noted, "In the past year, Jim has been a guest speaker for international business courses at Millikin. He has also been a business plan evaluator and a mentor for Millikin's business strategy course. The Executive-in-Residence initiative is in line with the Tabor School's goal of being a world leader in business Performance Learning."

"One of the things I want students to understand is that when they graduate, they will be their own business," said Czuprynski. "It's important for students to have a consultant mentality when they enter the workforce."

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.