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July 28, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo.- Dr. Thomas Billesbach, dean of Northwest Missouri State University's Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, has announced his retirement, effective Friday, July 29.
Billesbach, who came to Northwest in 1994, retires with 32 years of teaching experience.
"I don't think there is a better profession to be in with the tremendous sense of collegiality shared with faculty and staff members," Billesbach said. "Being surrounded by so many who are experts in their fields has made this work extremely enjoyable."
As dean, Billesbach was co-chair of the advisory board for Northwest's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also helped with the development of programs offered at Northwest's Kansas City Center in Liberty and the expansion of Northwest's MBA program, which now includes an online offering through a partnership with Missouri Southern State University.
"I thank Dean Billesbach for his service to Northwest and to the Booth College over these last several years," Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. "I know we all can appreciate the challenges that leadership brings with it, and I appreciate Tom's willingness to take on these challenges - especially in times of economic turmoil."
Billesbach also served as chair of Northwest's Department of Marketing and Management for seven years prior to becoming dean in 2004. As department chair, he increased the number of majors from 424 to 750 in six years, developed and implemented a team-based evaluation system and implemented an online management major.
Billesbach came to Northwest in 1994 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2001. He taught a variety of management courses including the capstone course for undergraduate business majors and the capstone course for the MBA program.
He also served on the University's Academic Appeals Committee, the Baldrige Category Council and the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee.
Billesbach earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to Northwest he was an assistant professor at Nebraska-Omaha.
Throughout his career he has served as an advisor, consultant, trainer and seminar leader for a wide variety of public and private companies.
Dr. Greg Haddock, Northwest's vice provost and dean of the graduate school, will serve as acting dean of the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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