Myron J. Roomkin, dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University since November 1, 2004, has announced he will step down as dean August 1 and resume his faculty responsibilities in teaching and research in the department of management and policy studies at the Weatherhead School.
"I was attracted to Weatherhead and Case Western Reserve University for its great potential, its faculty and its programs. I am confident that my successor will be able to continue to move the school forward," Roomkin said.
During Roomkin's deanship, the Weatherhead School has seen an increase in the number of management students enrolled at all levels. Undergraduate management majors increased from 400 in 2003 to 481 in 2005, students in various master's degree programs in management rose from 138 in 2003 to 185 in 2005 and students in the executive doctor of management program increased from 52 in 2003 to 65 in 2005.
Roomkin also initiated the concept of "schools within the school," bringing together multidisciplinary viewpoints to broaden research, teaching and service across departmental lines to address challenging issues in management and business. The four schools within the Weatherhead School include Business as an Agent of World Benefit, Global Business Studies, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Health and Bioscience.
As dean, Roomkin also helped Weatherhead attract an upcoming, international three-day forum. From October 23–25, the university will host "Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change," which will unite the efforts of the UN Global Compact, the Academy of Management and Case's Weatherhead School of Management. During this forum, more than 400 leading business executives and management scholars from around the world will explore ways in which business can be a force in eradicating poverty, enhancing the environment and advancing peace—while still prospering financially.
Over the next few weeks, Case Provost and University Vice President John L. Anderson will work with a committee of Weatherhead faculty members to appoint an interim dean and to conduct a national search for a new leader for the school.
"Dean Roomkin managed the school through a challenging financial period, and we are grateful for his leadership," Anderson said.
Before joining Case, Roomkin served as dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. Prior to his tenure at American University, he rose through the ranks of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 1976–1998, where he built an international reputation as a leader in business-management school education.
During his career in business education, Roomkin's research focus has been in the areas of human resources and human resource management and employment trends of managerial and professional employees. He is the founder of the Kellogg-Deloitte & Touche LLP Annual Survey of Human Resources Management. He is a member of the Kauffman Foundation on Entrepreneurship Curriculum Education and Board member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Roomkin will continue to serve on the board of Magnet, an organization focused on the revitalization of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.
A prolific writer, Roomkin is the author of four books—Gainsharing and Profit Sharing, Managers as Employees: An International Comparison of the Changing Character of Managerial Employment, Human Resources and Organizational Performance and The Shrinking Perimeter: Unionism and Collective Bargaining in the Manufacturing Sector. He has written more than 70 papers for journals, reports and articles for government publications and working papers in the areas of industrial and employment relations and human resources.
Roomkin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University's New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his master's and doctoral degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He also has taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the Industrial Relations Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
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