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College of Business dean to retire in July

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2010

Dr. V. Thomas Dock
Dr. V. Thomas Dock

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. V. Thomas Dock, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business, will retire from the university effective July 1.

"We have accomplished much the past 18 years and I leave the university knowing the business college is a recognized leader in many distinctive and value-added programs and initiatives," said Dock, who has served as dean since 1992. "It has been a real team effort, and I am grateful for the guidance and support I have received from our students, my faculty and staff, and the university and business communities. It has been a pleasure serving as the dean."

Dock also served the university as acting vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities during the 2008-09 academic year.

"Dean Dock will be leaving the College of Business in excellent shape and poised to make even greater contributions to business education and workforce development in the future," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Dean Dock has overseen the significant expansion of the College of Business presence regionally and nationally. Under his leadership, the college has developed and implemented a wide variety of innovations that support the academic preparation and career readiness of thousands of UW-Eau Claire undergraduate and graduate students in business administration."

UW-Eau Claire's students, faculty and alumni have benefited greatly from Dock's hard work and vision, as have regional businesses, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said.

"Dean Dock not only led the development of extraordinarily high-quality degree programs at the undergraduate and master's levels, but also has been a key contributor in helping regional businesses solve problems and grow," Levin-Stankevich said. "He has supported the academic excellence of the university and the continuous improvement that makes this excellence possible. He is a solid university citizen who has modeled a positive determination that we see in his graduates. We will miss his thinking and his enthusiasm very much."

Under Dock's leadership, faculty and staff were encouraged to continually examine and improve the college's curriculum, delivery systems, and policies and procedures. During his tenure as dean, the college received AACSB International accreditation for the first time at the undergraduate and graduate levels; solicited more than $4 million in gifts and grants used to support technology, student scholarships, and faculty and staff professional development; created the university's first endowed chair; and developed 12 named classrooms, labs and learning spaces within Schneider Hall.

The author/co-author of 10 textbooks focusing on business data processes, management information systems and computer programming, Dock also championed the infusion of information technology throughout the business school and the UW MBA Consortium, a group of four UW System business schools that he helped to establish.

Dock said his future plans include traveling and managing a family business in Duluth, Minn.

"Although finding a dean to fill the large shoes of Dean Dock will be difficult, the university will conduct a nationwide search for the next College of Business dean," Kleine said, noting the search for Dock's successor will be conducted this spring.

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