|ISU welcomes College of Business dean|
|Written by Amanda DiSilvestro, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Monday, 07 September 2009 18:40|
Before coming to ISU, Johnson was the dean of the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in marketing from Michigan State University. When asked about why he chose to come to ISU Johnson seemed confident with many reasons.
“It looked like a tremendous opportunity. Lots of things here made sense. It was a school with a strong undergraduate program and I thought that was great,” Johnson said. “I really understand the Midwest and was really taken with how supportive people were. You do not find that at every university. Everyone here was very welcoming and friendly.”
Now that he has begun working as dean many people wonder what plans he has for the college and what he will bring to the program.
“Right now I am working to get an understanding of everything. It is hard to change things without knowing how they work,” Johnson explained. “Once situated, I hope to build recognition to the college because we have strong programs with high pass rates.”
Many students do not realize how deserving the College of Business is of this kind of recognition. “Our business program here at ISU is one of the top two colleges with the highest CPA [Certified Public Accountant] exam pass rates in the state,” Johnson said. “I plan to campaign to get the word out there.”
Students alike feel that this is a great course of action.
“I think when people think of ISU they think about the School of Education, but business is also a great program. I love my classes and professors, and I hope that others can see just how great a program this is so that more people will consider business at ISU,” Abbey Peters, junior finance major, said.
Johnson agreed that business is a great major and the right place for many students, and welcomes any freshman thinking about a business degree.
“There are so many good majors, but a business degree can be helpful in many ways. Many people end up in business so if it were your major you may have an advantage because you understand more about how it works, so it is something to think about,” Johnson said.
“Scott brings not only ample experience as a business school leader but also fresh visions with down-to-earth perspectives. I am excited about some new initiatives he is about to take,” Professor S.J. Chang, associate dean of the COB and MBA director, said. “I look forward to meeting more students and being involved in campus life,” Johnson said about his new position.