This month, NSU appointed Dr. Andrew Rosman as the new dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.
According to President Handbury, Rosman brings extensive experience to NSU and has a proven track record of success in the field.
For the past 30 years, Rosman has been an educator at notable universities including the University of Connecticut, Long Island University and Fairleigh Dickinson University as a faculty member, director of online education, professor and dean of the college of management and the dean of the Silberman College of Business, respectively.
With this newly appointed position, Rosman hopes to accomplish three main goals: to obtain AACSB Accreditation, increase overall enrollment and improve alumni engagement, recent and former, through different programs and opportunities.
According to Rosman, faculty and staff have been working towards the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation for the college for some time and hope that with this new leadership, they will obtain it within the next year.
“It’s the most prestigious accreditation for business schools and represents only 5% of business schools in the world. It focuses on the mission [of the university], it focuses on the quality of the faculty and continuous improvement in the program. I think those are all things we can compete on very strongly,” said Rosman.
The second item of business on Rosman’s dashboard is enrollment. Rosman believes that a business school has two main responsibilities: to make sure that the students within the college are competitive in the marketplace and to round out the other existing majors at the university making them more distinctive in their respective fields.
“[At NSU], there are 18 professional schools, with most having a heavy focus on the health sciences. My job is to understand and ultimately implement how the [H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship] fits into NSU and how it can make the biggest contribution to the university as a whole.”
As it stands, the College of Business has roughly 600 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students. Rosman hopes for the university to implement minor and major fields of study that can benefit both business-related majors as well as non-business majors. Rosman also believes any student can benefit from having a background in business and management strategies.
“Imagine you are a biology student that decides that you don’t want to go pre-medical, but you have this degree. What can you do? If you want to instead work in the pharmaceutical industry, having a business minor would be helpful. If you have a marketing minor with a biology major you can help with cutting-edge marketing for a particular company. A performing arts major with a business minor can follow their passion, but connect it to business like a dance studio for example,” said Rosman.
At the undergraduate level, Rosman plans on increasing student enrollment by focusing on skills and career placement, his goal being 1,000 undergraduate students. At the graduate level, he is focusing on some preeminent programs that help [NSU] distinguish themselves in the marketplace with possible offerings of meaningful, market-driven and specialized masters programs.
“[By having 1,000 undergraduate students] it gives us a critical mass that not only [brings] revenue and recognition for the university, but helps with career placement. You need to have volume and quality students to attract potential employers. We want NSU to be a prospective student’s first choice, not a safety school,” said Rosman.
Rosman also plans to promote internships, global studies and other academic exposure opportunities possibly building them into the existing curriculum, similar to the existing ExEL and Razor’s Edge Shark Cage programs.
“I’d like to provide our students with skill sets to diversify them. Most companies now require employees to adapt to changes in the marketplace. We want to focus on teaching our students to skill sets that not only complement the traditional business background, but also challenges them to reinvent themselves,” said Rosman.
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