Notre Dame College Announces Thomas Kruczek as Fourteenth President

The Board of Trustees of Notre Dame College is proud to announce the appointment of Thomas Kruczek as the fourteenth president of the College, succeeding Dr. Andrew P. Roth who will retire on June 30.

“I am delighted that after a diligent and thoughtful national search, we have come up with the best choice for our College’s next president,” said Mac Donley, chairman of the Notre Dame College Board of Trustees. “The fact that we have been able to attract an individual of Mr. Kruczek’s caliber is testimony to the outstanding progress the College has made over the past 11 years. The talent of the candidates who came forward during the search is a reflection of the College’s growing reputation for quality education, service to students and respect for all. I have complete confidence in Mr. Kruczek as our next president, and I look forward to working with him, as I am sure we all do.”

Thomas Kruczek is currently Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he has been since 2011. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.

Kruczek stated, “I am honored to be asked to serve as the next president of Notre Dame College. I am passionate about the liberal arts and have an abiding belief in the relevance and value in providing an outstanding liberal arts education for students. I know firsthand the valuable foundation it provided me, and there is no question a solid liberal arts education is a huge advantage for any graduate. Our country’s future rests on individuals with strong critical thinking skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a broad knowledge base that trains them to see the "big picture." A liberal arts education gives students every skill they need for a successful life and career. That's the beauty and the strength of what Notre Dame College provides her students.”

Kruczek’s accomplishments at the College of Business and Management at Lynn University include:

  • Developing a new undergraduate curriculum including the addition of three new majors – one of which is now the second most popular major at the University – and a series of courses starting in the freshman year that assist students in planning for life after college
  • Assisting the fundraising and design of a new three-story, 35,000 square-foot College of Business building, to open in August 2014
  • Launching a Career Preparation and Internship Center which has cultivated more than 90 new corporate partnerships from the regional and national business community
  • Completing a strategic plan for the College, reorganizing the College’s structure and completing reaccreditation of the College with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Initiating a series of College-focused faculty committees to discuss and propose solutions for challenges including majors, rubrics and faculty development
  • Creating marketing and social media programs which that have resulted in increased enrollment for the MBA and Sports Management programs
  • Commencing a strong Board of Advisors for the College to ensure future success and direction

While serving as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the Center rose in national rankings and during Kruczek’s tenure was listed as the third best entrepreneurship program in the country by Bloomberg Business week, fourth by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine and ninth by U.S. News and World Report. The Falcone Center is one of the largest entrepreneurship centers in the country.

Kruczek has lectured on several subject areas including entrepreneurship, innovations and start-up ventures, and assisting and teaching disabled and women military veterans through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Programs.

In addition to his academic achievements, Kruczek has a record of successful business leadership as the CEO and Owner of Sun-Tek Industries, a privately held manufacturing business, and as a founding partner of Steve Baker and Associates, a consulting firm. Kruczek also held key positions with The Walt Disney Company in both the financial planning and marketing areas.

Said outgoing President Roth, “I applaud the board, the search committee and all involved in the process for their hard work and dedication. I am confident that Mr. Kruczek will continue the positive momentum that will carry the College to a bright future. I remain committed and am prepared to assist in any way with the smooth transition of College leadership.”