Schmidthorst College of Business Dean Search

July 13, 2021

I want to provide our faculty and staff with a leadership update. After a decade of service to BGSU and after completion of his second term, Dean Raymond Braun is planning to transition from his role in leading the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business on July 1, 2022.

BGSU will launch a national search at the start of the fall semester for the college’s next dean. We plan to work with executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to facilitate recruitment of this critical position. I have asked Dr. Mike Ogawa, vice president for research and economic engagement, to chair this search process, and a committee with representation of students, faculty and staff will be appointed in the coming weeks.

I want to offer my sincere thanks to Dean Braun for his leadership of the college. Since his appointment in July 2012, he has focused on engaging students, alumni and friends resulting in increased enrollment, retention, external engagement and national recognition. Just recently, BGSU completed a comprehensive renovation of the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center, the new home of the college. BGSU also named its first academic college – the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business – in recognition of a $15 million transformational gift.

Under his leadership, the faculty developed new academic programs including the undergraduate specialization in insurance and risk management, the Doctorate of Organization Development and Change, and the online MBA program to meet workforce needs and advance our mission to create public good. The college worked to improve its teaching effectiveness through the Committee to Advance Teaching and Learning and worked to increase scholarly output through the Committee to Advance the Research Profile of the college.

Our success in business education is also seen throughout the college’s four centers and institutes, including the award-winning Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, home to our vibrant E-Week and The Hatch, an entrepreneurial competition where BGSU students and alumni present their business ideas to alumni investors. In addition, the college launched an annual Women in Leadership Conference, which focused on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the business community.

While Dean Braun is excited for his new opportunities ahead, this transition also includes mixed emotions given the college’s success. However, we are appreciative of his support moving forward, as a former dean and an alumnus of Bowling Green State University.

I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students in the Schmidthorst College of Business to identify its next leader.


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Joe B. Whitehead, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs