David Nicol, Ph.D.

David NicolDean, College of Business
Ferris State University

Ph.D., Management, University of Houston
MBA, Arizona State University
BA, Economics, Beloit College

Dr. Nicol is Dean of the College of Business at Ferris State University. During the ten years that he has served in this capacity, the college has grown significantly, achieved substantial improvement in retention and graduation rates (increased by almost 50%), and enhanced its productivity to a level far beyond the rest of the university. In conjunction with other achievements (e.g., enhanced faculty credentialing), these accomplishments have contributed to the college earning national accreditation, designation as a Center of Excellence, and program-level certifications for a half dozen of its programs.

Dave is particularly interested in efforts to enhance strategic thinking, and in how to facilitate better understanding of the impact of cultural differences on organizational effectiveness. This leads to activities such as his service as a reviewer for the national and regional Academies of Management, primarily for the international business and business policy and strategy tracks.





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