​Ottawa University Names New Dean For Angell Snyder School Of Business

Ottawa, Kan. – Chancellor Kevin Eichner announced today that Dr. Lena Rodriguez has been appointed to the position of Dean of the Angell Snyder School of Business at Ottawa University. The Angell Snyder School is the largest of the three schools in the university including the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. Dr. Rodriguez will assume her new duties in mid-October and will maintain her office at the university’s new residential campus in Surprise, Arizona, from which she will lead the Business School staff and faculty at all university locations including the residential campus in Ottawa and Ottawa’s adult and professional education sites in Overland Park, Kansas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well its online business programs.

Dr. Rodriguez succeeds Dr. Kirk Wessel who served successfully as the Angell Snyder School’s inaugural dean for the past several years. Dr. Wessel announced his retirement earlier this year.

Dr. Rodriguez comes to Ottawa University after a nationwide search. “We were looking for a student-centered individual who not only exemplified the necessary academic background and intellect, but also a strong leader with an equal emphasis and capability for managing the internal affairs of the School combined with a strong external friend and fundraising orientation. Lena’s prior experiences, obvious breadth and depth in the various business disciplines, personal values, commitment to advancing diversity, and powerful presence and personality will be essential attributes as we seek to raise the profile and impact of the Angell Snyder School,” said Eichner.

Prior to her appointment at Ottawa, Dr. Rodriguez served as Dean of the School of Business and Management and as Endowed Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy for National University; as Dean of Academic Programs, School of Business and Community College Partnerships Manager for Apollo Education Group, University of Phoenix; in a lead marketing and development role for the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; and in an executive and community development capacity for San Diego State University. She is known as an adept academician with a keen appreciation for innovation in experiential learning and in developing strong community and corporate sponsorship and participation to ensure that her students are always at the cutting edge of leadership and business practices.

Dr. Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Arizona State University and also a Master of Public Administration degree from ASU. She earned her doctorate in business from the University of Nebraska. She has attended the Harvard Institute for Higher Education management development program and has also earned a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University.

Dr. Rodriguez will report directly to University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Terry Haines, but will also work closely with Chancellor Eichner on program development, fundraising, and external relations in Arizona and throughout the nation. “I am extremely pleased that Ottawa University has been able to attract such an exemplary business trailblazer to lead our outstanding Business faculty. Dr. Rodriguez brings a strategic vision and passion for excellence that matches ours and is certain to positively impact thousands of students for years to come,” said Haines.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity within a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.;
Jeffersonville, Ind.; as well as online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.