Marian University has appointed Dr. Russell Kershaw dean of the Clark H. Byrum School of Business. Dr. Kershaw was most recently the dean of the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University, and is the former interim dean of the College of Business Administration at Butler University. He is well-respected as a leader in curriculum innovation and was involved in securing a $22 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. to turn around Butler’s business curriculum. Before entering higher education, Dr. Kershaw spent 12 years in managerial roles with two fortune 500 companies, Digital Equipment Corporation and General Electric Company. Kershaw received a Ph.D. in accounting, with a minor in psychology, from the University of South Carolina in 1996. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley College.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kershaw to our leadership team at Marian University,” said university president Daniel J. Elsener. “This represents another significant step in our effort to dramatically advance the mission of Marian University in central Indiana and beyond.” Elsener further noted that the business curriculum is based on the liberal arts and values inherent to a Catholic university, which prepare the university’s graduates to be moral and ethical leaders in their places of business. Marian University’s School of Business has thousands of graduates working throughout Indiana and the United States. On May 8, 2010, the university awarded business degrees to 65 students. The current enrollment in the Clark H. Byrum School of Business (all programs) is 300; the largest degree programs in the school are accounting and finance.
Kershaw is pleased to be coming home to Indiana and excited to seize this opportunity to be part of a growing university. “I’m excited to be part of a dynamic organization like Marian University and looking forward to making contributions that will further elevate the academic stature of this great Catholic university,” he said. His vision for the school, like donor Clark Byrum, for who it is named, is to expand a curriculum that develops students as innovative, ethical, and socially responsible leaders who are interested in not only making money, but also make a difference. He plans to expand existing and create new programs to serve the healthcare field and life sciences industry, including the university’s new college of osteopathic medicine. The school will also provide faculty and research support to the university's new Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership as it works with K-12 school principals and teachers to turn around troubled schools. “I hope to build a business school that is relevant and interactive (hands-on experience with real people, projects, and problems),” said Kershaw, and indicated that this fit with his belief in doing well by doing good.