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Feb. 3, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University announced today its restructuring of administrative roles in the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, and alumnus Michael L. Faust will join the institution as visiting dean, effective March 1.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said Faust’s role will be part of a 15-month program to pilot a new organizational structure and explore the adoption of professional schools. Existing academic departments within the Booth College – agricultural sciences, business, and communication and mass media – will assume responsibility and accountability for their operations, with the department chairs reporting to Mottet.
“We have a prime opportunity at continuing our path of disruptive innovation from a position of strength,” Jasinski said, reflecting the theme of his message to Northwest faculty and staff last month during the University’s spring All-Employee Meeting. “We have been pondering disruption relative to programs and structures, and, with the help of faculty and staff, we will study such via a work group tasked with researching and crafting proposed solutions.”
Faust is retiring early as the assistant to the chairman of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., an employee-owned company based in Omaha, Neb., with revenues of nearly $12 billion. Kiewit, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest general contractors in the U.S. and has significant operations in Canada and Australia.
Most recently, Faust managed civic programs for Kiewit and administered charitable giving through the Kiewit Companies Foundation. He served as a speechwriter for executives and was contributing editor for the company’s quarterly magazine. He also served as an instructor at Kiewit University.
Faust joined Kiewit in 1979 and also held assignments in human resources and training. A volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations in the Omaha area, he has served as director of the Omaha Community Foundation, United Way of the Midlands and Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the steering committee for Warren Buffett’s annual golf tournament to benefit children’s charities and was a longtime volunteer leader for the Henry Doorly Zoo’s membership campaign.
A 1974 graduate of Northwest, Faust is a passionate supporter of the University and has been a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors since 2002, serving as president from 2008 to 2010 and now as advancement chair. Additionally, seven Northwest students are benefitting this academic year from his Michael L. Faust Scholarship.
Some of Faust’s part-time duties as visiting dean will be to collaborate with academic leadership in developing strategies for building upon Northwest’s reputation for excellence, facilitating faculty and employer relationships and generating new sources of revenue by developing external partnerships.
“It’s an honor to be asked to serve Northwest in this new role,” Faust said. “The Kiewit culture values those with a ‘divine discontent’ to continuously seek ways to improve our operations. In that same sense, I look forward to working with our academic leadership team in improving an already great educational experience.”
With Faust’s appointment, Dr. Greg Haddock, who had been serving as acting dean of the Booth College, will resume his role as dean of Northwest’s Graduate School and as team leader for accreditation. Dr. Carol Spradling, associate professor of computer science and information technology, and Dr. Deb Toomey, assistant professor of marketing, have been appointed provost fellows and are leading efforts related to academic partnerships and growth opportunities.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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