Groesbeck Named Dean of Robert W. Plaster SOBA

February 1, 2012
CONTACT: Dr. AJ Anglin
John GroesbeckJOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Dr. John Groesbeck has been named Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, beginning June 1. The announcement was made Tuesday, Jan. 31 by Dr. AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSSU.
“Dr. Groesbeck’s work with accreditation commissions and businesses, his global connections and his outstanding academic and management skills make him a perfect fit with Missouri Southern State University’s mission and strategic goals,” Dr. Anglin said in announcing his appointment.

“We welcome him to our region and to the Missouri Southern State University campus,” Dr. Anglin added.

Dr. Groesbeck most recently was Dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business and Professor of Economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that position he has managed all instructional and operational aspects of the School at the MBA and undergraduate level. 
At Westminster College, Dr. Groesbeck provided oversight for the Center for China-America Business Studies and the Institute for New Enterprise, as well as the Center for Financial Analysis. His budget was in excess of $7 million per year.
He supported Westminster in its decennial accreditation review by the Northwest Commission. He facilitated the development of a new strategic plan, created a new Master of Accountancy degree and created dual degree programs with Donghua and Nankai Universities in China. He established new student exchange programs with universities in Brazil, India and the Czech Republic and aggressively pursued fundraising activities within the College’s Advancement Office. 
He also facilitated the development of a new hybrid, mentored learning, project-based degree completion program in business at Westminster for working adults. He established an improved internal performance and instruction load tracking database system and worked to increase external awareness of business programs through direct company visits along with a Business Ambassador student group which he created.
Dr. Groesbeck also has served as Dean, College of Business, and Professor of Economics and Finance at Eastern New Mexico University, (ENMU) in Portales, N.M.  In that position he managed all facets of both the instructional and operational sides of the College of Business, with control over all bachelors and MBA programs in the college.

At ENMU, a Hispanic Serving Institution, he led the process of decennial accreditation review for the Higher Learning Commission and acted as the representative on behalf of the College. He re-structured departments into more efficient units and increased outreach to the business community through the creation of the Eastern Business Alliance, eNewsletters and greater involvement with local boards.  He also improved classroom and distance education capacities, facilitated the development of improved assessment and tracking programs, worked to increase the research productivity of the faculty and expanded fundraising for scholarships for business students through improved alumni networking.
He also has been Associate Dean of the College of Business and Technology, Head of the School of Business and Director of Graduate Business Programs and Professor of Economics at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah.
Dr. Groesbeck received his B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) at Boise State University. He received an M.S.S. in Economics/Management at Utah State University and his Ph.D. in Economics with an outside field in Management from Utah State University. 

He was Director, Center for Economic Education for Southern Utah University and was founding Editor of the Mountain Plains Journal of Business and Economics. He also has worked as a Public Utility Financial Analyst for the Department of Public of Service in the State of Minnesota, held the position of Downtown Redevelopment Manager in Deming, NM and owned a copy-graphic business in Pocatello, Idaho.

Dr. Groesbeck succeeds Dr. Beverly Block who has served as Interim Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration since July 2010. Dr. Block replaced Dr. Brad Kleindl who held the position of Dean from 2003–2010.