Recently, the college restructured its academic units, combining the School of Liberal Studies with the School of Business and Public Service to form the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Dean Linda A. Heilman, Ph.D., will be overseeing the school and ensuring that its students continue to receive a high-quality education that leads directly to career advancement.
“Linda has worked with highly successful businesses and has an acclaimed academic career that perfectly matches our strategies and programs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “She has a magnificent track record in marketing, business development, and program management that fits in well with our college’s career-oriented mission.”
The College’s newest dean brings both a Doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
“It is very evident that the people here have a passion for the college, the community, and especially the students,” Heilman said. “I’m looking forward to working with the faculty to develop new degree options and to expand existing academic programs.”
Dr. Linda Heilman comes to SUNY Canton from Cardinal Stritch University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she served as Associate Dean in the College of Business and Management. Her previous post oversaw associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs on four campuses in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. She has served as Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell Federal Credit Union, Team Leader at U.S. Bancorp, Chief Operating Officer of a software business at the University of Minnesota, and Director of Marketing at Weiss Research.
Among her goals for her time at the college, Heilman plans to integrate the Business and Liberal Studies programs and to help SUNY Canton excel among peer colleges and universities. “My own experience works well within the Liberal Arts and Business academic environments,” she said. “By blending technical training, theoretical knowledge and practical application, there is the potential here to develop terrific synergy both within and across programs.”
To allow for the school mergers, some programs and departments were moved to the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the School of Health and Professional Studies. Karen M. Spellacy, Interim Dean of Business and Public Service, and Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of Liberal Studies, will both be returning to their faculty positions.
“I want to personally thank Ken and Karen for their exceptional service to the College,” Kennedy said. “They have both been instrumental in continuing the development and advancement of our programs, while ensuring the success of their students.”
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