International College Appoints New Undergraduate Business Administration Program Chair/Promotes Three Adjuncts in School of Business
International College has named Thomas Carr as Chair of the undergraduate Business Administration Program. He joined the College in August 2001 as an adjunct professor.
Carr brings to the position more than 15 years of experience as a successful business executive for several Fortune 50 global corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and Texas Instruments. Carr earned a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in communications and government from Florida State University. He has a master’s degree in marketing management from Amber University.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to International College in a larger role,” Carr, 47, said. “I want to help International College students succeed in business beyond their expectations and thoroughly prepare them with the skills and tools required for career success.”
Frederick Nerone, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business, said Carr’s expertise in management, marketing, sales, and information technology business development; his extensive executive background; and his passion for teaching, made him a desirable candidate for the job.
“Thomas Carr will take the undergraduate Business Administration Program to the next level,” Nerone said. “He has the ability to easily convey complex concepts of marketing, management principles and corporate culture to students through real experiences. He’ll be the bridge that ties everything together.”
Carr said it’s too early to talk about any plans for the undergraduate Business Administration program, but adds there will be an on-going process of improvement as needs in the curriculum and business community expand.
One goal includes establishing a stronger relationship with the business community in Collier County. Carr hopes the partnerships will allow for more hands-on, real-world experiences for students in the form of research projects and internships. He also hopes to establish an executive speakers series for the business program at International College. Carr plans to seek out retired executives and have them share their knowledge with business students.
“We need to tap their experiences and bring them into the classroom. Students need to gain as many perspectives from industry leaders as possible,” said Carr, who himself is an adult learner. “I’ve been where these students are. I know what it’s like. I want to help them succeed by removing hurdles and allowing them to excel.”
Carr’s appointment is one of four to occur within International College’s School of Business. Charles Conrick, D.B.A., Thomas Nohl, and John Meyer were all promoted from adjunct professors to full-time faculty members. The full-time positions were needed to accommodate growth to the school of Business, Nerone said. Of the 1,385 students enrolled at International College, 45 percent are within the School of Business. The faculty members’ backgrounds are as follows:
Conrick has eight years of experience in financial services, 20 years of experience in management, and was Program Director of Financial Services/full-time faculty at State University of New York. He also is a Certified Business Appraiser (CBA), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a licensed Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Conrick is a former education committee chairperson and a former finance committee member of the Collier Building Industry Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in business from Nova University and a doctoral degree in business from the University of Sarasota.
Nohl has more than 20 years of experience in management and sales. Most recently, he taught managerial accounting at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Nohl earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Meyer has more than 10 years of experience in management. Most recently, he was the assistant director of academic programs at Manatee County Public Schools, responsible for adult general education and dropout prevention. He is a member of the Florida Association of Career and Technical Educators and was International College’s 1999 MBA Student of the Year. Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration from International College.
“These are the cream of the crop of our adjuncts,” Nerone said. “I see them strengthening the reputation of the International College School of Business through their contributions.”