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Valpo appoints business college dean

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Valparaiso University has announced Dr. Niclas Erhardt is joining its faculty as dean of the College of Business beginning Aug. 3. Most recently, Erhardt served as associate dean of the Maine Business School at the University of Maine.

Erhardt’s background includes more than 18 years of higher education experience in various positions relating to business and management. In addition to his role as associate dean at the University of Maine, Erhardt has served as founding director of the school’s Professional Development Center as well as interim dean for the undergraduate school of business and professor of management.

“We look forward to the dedication Dean Erhardt will bring to the College of Business as he ushers in a new era for the College,” said Rick Gillman, interim provost. “Dean Erhardt’s tenure ensures business students at Valparaiso University will benefit from real-world, hands-on experience and form relationships with highly successful business alumni across the country and around the world.”

The university says Erhardt’s experience leading student enrollment and retention initiatives will continue the college’s growth trajectory.