Erekson Named Dean of College of Business and Technology

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Eastern Kentucky University has announced the selection of Dr. Thomas Erekson as the new dean of its College of Business and Technology.

Erekson, who has served as the dean of the College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University since 2006, will join EKU on Aug. 1. He succeeds Dr. Robert Rogow, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire, effective July 31.

EKU’s newest dean brings 37 years of experience in higher education, including 23 years as a dean or director. Under Erekson’s leadership at Western Illinois, the College secured a $1 million donation to establish a new program in Engineering, obtained AACSB reaffirmation, established a Chief Diversity Officer position for the College, redesigned the MBA program, and developed multiple partnerships with regional, national, and international corporations.

“I am confident Dr. Erekson will be a successful leader for the College of Business and Technology,” said Provost Dr. Janna Vice in announcing the appointment. “His knowledge, experience, and proven leadership will enable him to adapt quickly to the College as well as to EKU.”

Prior to joining Western Illinois, Erekson was the founding director of the School of Technology, Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, at Brigham Young University from 1998 to 2006, and dean of the College of Technology at Bowling Green State University from 1991 to 1998. He also has served as a faculty member/administrator at Northern Illinois University, University of Wyoming, University of Illinois, and University of Maryland.

Erekson also is an accomplished scholar, with multiple books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presentations to his credit. In 2013, he received the Award of Distinction from the International Education and Technology Association, presented in recognition of his leadership in the profession.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from Northern Illinois University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Vocational and Technical Education from the University of Illinois.

“We thank Dr. Robert Rogow for his 16 years of exemplary service to the College and University,” Vice said. “Under Dean Rogow's leadership, EKU's business program received initial AACSB accreditation as well as reaffirmation, the PGA/PGM Program was established and accredited, and the Aviation Program has gained national prominence.  These, along with numerous other accomplishments, have positioned the College for continued success as Dr. Erekson assumes the leadership reins.”

Published on June 12, 2014