From Board Room to the Classroom, New Business Dean Brings New Ideas
A successful executive, Ray Braun comes to the BGSU College of Business Administration armed with high energy, strong business savvy and new ideas, ready to lead the College to the next level. Braun, a 1980 BGSU economics and accounting graduate, became the 10th dean on July 1.
Before coming to BGSU, Braun was CEO of North Carolina-based Cogdell Spencer, Inc. Prior to that he served as president, CFO, COO and vice president and general counsel for Health Care REIT Inc. He also spent time as an associate and partner with the law firm Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick LLC in Toledo.
Braun has ambitious plans for his first few months on the job. While he acknowledges that the College is nationally recognized for excellence in education and ranks among the best business schools in the country, he feels he can help the College position itself even higher. In addition, Braun says more of the student, faculty and program success stories need to be told.
According to Braun, communication will be a key component. He wants to engage with students, faculty and community, and place a stronger emphasis on engaging the more than 35,000 business alumni located across the country. He says one of the ways to do that is to share student and faculty success stories with alumni, and to open up a dialog with former graduates to find ways to help them re-connect with their alma mater.
Braun’s initial communication plan includes creating a monthly e-newsletter to spotlight the interesting stories of successful alumni, current business students, faculty, departments and programs. The former business executive is also scheduling receptions for local and nationally located alumni and creating a student and faculty ambassador program to help tell their stories. Braun is also planning webcasts featuring faculty members discussing and analyzing current hot business topics to better utilize their world-renowned expertise.
“I’m excited about returning to my alma mater as dean of the College of Business Administration,” he said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, administration and students to elevate the College to the next level.”
Braun takes over for Dr. Rodney Rogers, who was promoted to BGSU’s senior vice president of academic affairs and provost last winter.