Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia announced today that Dr. Michael P. Fronmueller, professor and former dean of the Division of Management at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y, has been named the new dean of the Hasan School of Business (HSB). He replaces Dr. Rex Fuller, who stepped down in October to become Dean of the College Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University.
Fronmueller and Robert E. Hite, Jones Distinguished Professor and Dean, School of Business, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. interviewed for the position
in April. Fronmueller will begin his duties on July 1.
"We are pleased to have been able to attract a large number of highly-qualified candidates for this important position," said Russ Meyer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "But we're even more pleased that a person with Dr. Fronmueller's experience and expertise will be joining us at this crucial juncture in the university's history. He will be an excellent leader for the Hasan School of Business and will make important contributions to both CSU-Pueblo and the entire community."
The HSB Dean provides leadership and administration to the faculty, staff, and students of the school. In addition, the dean fosters excellence in teaching, research, and service to the campus and community; oversees the education of undergraduate and graduate students within the school; maintains AASCB accreditation; develops and nurtures collegial relationships with both campus and community constituents, and participates as an active partner in economic development efforts in the region. The Hasan School of Business provides high quality undergraduate and graduate business education for a diverse student population. HSB consists of 24 full-time faculty and serves more than 700 undergraduates and 75 MBA students. Accredited by AACSB, HSB is the premier provider of business education in southern Colorado and serves as a major resource for both the University and the region.
“During my visit, I was impressed with the quality and commitment of faculty and staff at the University and the sincerity of the community representatives,” Fronmueller said. “I found many interesting possibilities for new programs and partnerships, curriculum innovations, international and economic development and a chance to become actively involved in a great community.”
Currently, Fronmueller teaches strategic management and global leadership courses as a professor of management at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where he served as dean from 2002-2004 and led the school towards AACSB accreditation. As part of that process, he managed the faculty-driven comprehensive curriculum revision and development of an assessment program to meet AACSB expectations.
Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University – Northridge. Reflecting his interest in small business and entrepreneurship, he won the bid for leadership over the regional Small Business Development Center network, funded by the United States Department of Commerce. While at Northridge, he was also a very successful fundraiser developing a list of more than 400 major gift prospects and successful “asks” for more than $4.25 million.
From 1999-2002, he was the Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where a newly developed Information Systems Major reached 400 majors within two years and was selected as a showcase example by AACSB. He wrote proposals and secured matching funds for two endowed chairs and 14 endowed professorships totaling $3.4 million.
Fronmueller spent nine years at Boise State University, including three years as chair of the department of management. While there he helped develop one of the first International Business Majors in the country with connections in Asia and Europe.
He also held teaching posts at Washington State University – Pullman and Eastern Washington University. He received his Abitur in Kaiserslautern, Germany, studied at the University of Mannheim, earned an MBA from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Washington State University. He is fluent in both English and German.