Kroncke Selected to be Associate Dean for College of Business

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2008) - Charles Kroncke has been selected as the new associate dean in the College of Business. Currently a visiting professor of finance and the division director for business programs at USF Polytechnic in Lakeland, Kroncke’s transition to the Tampa campus will begin in January 2009 after current Associate Dean Rick Meyer retires in December.

Kroncke holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in economics and business from St. John’s University (Minnesota). His academic career includes appointments as business school dean at Auburn University, the University of Texas-Dallas, St. John’s University (NY), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to these positions, he was professor of finance and associate dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The former business professor and dean said he is looking forward to taking up his new position and plans to work hard to accomplish the goals set forth for the college. “I am honored for the opportunity to assist the College of Business as it moves to implement President Genshaft’s vision for USF,” he said. “My confidence in our faculty’s ability to deliver on these rising expectations is very high. Once on board, I plan to immerse myself more fully in this endeavor.”

Kroncke has extensive board experience in the investment and banking industry, has raised venture capital, provided expert witness testimony, and consults with several universities and corporations. His research interests are in the areas of insurance, finance, real estate, and the economic analysis of public policy issues. He published a textbook on managerial finance and numerous articles in academic and professional journals including the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Risk Management and Insurance Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, the Journal of Financial Education, and the International Review of Economics Education.

Robert Forsythe, dean of the college, said Kroncke is a valuable addition to the team. “Charles will definitely be an asset to the college. He’s already been the dean of several top business schools, which makes him very qualified,” he said. “This job presents a unique opportunity for him to apply his years of experience and expertise in business school leadership as the College of Business works to move itself to the head of the pack.”