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Dr. Brian Klaas, KC Dean of Bloch School

Brian Klaas, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Klaas is currently Senior Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Director of the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, one of the top 75 graduate business schools in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Klaas is also a Professor of Management and previously served as Chair of the Department of Management and Faculty Director for the Master of Human Resource program. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Klaas’s appointment was announced this week by Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UMKC.

“The Bloch School is Kansas City’s source for management education in both the for-profit and not-for-profit spheres. Dr. Klaas is a distinguished educator and a proven leader from a highly regarded school of business who has been very well received by the faculty, students and staff at the Bloch School,” Bichelmeyer said. “Dr. Klaas comes with strong references and recommendations. He has the knowledge and skills to lead the Bloch School into the future, and to help us achieve the goals we have set for the school.

“We are preparing our students to be tomorrow’s leaders in Kansas City and beyond, and Dr. Klaas understands this responsibility. We are excited that he sees the opportunity and potential that is in the Bloch School and in Kansas City.”

Klaas said he is honored to have been selected to serve as the next Dean of the Bloch School of Management.

“I look forward to working with an outstanding team to help fulfill Henry Bloch’s vision for excellence. The school has all of the ingredients necessary for continued progress. It has impressive students and programs; strong support from university administration and key stakeholders within the community; and talented and dedicated faculty and staff,” he said.

“With all of this, there are exciting opportunities to deepen partnerships with organizations in Kansas City and beyond, to develop new programs in response to emerging needs, to enhance accessibility by leveraging technology, and to find new ways for partner organizations to serve as learning laboratories, where students and faculty help tackle critical organizational challenges.”

Klaas has published extensively in such areas as human resources, dispute resolution and labor relations. His work has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Personnel Psychology, Industrial Relations and Journal of Management. He also has served on the editorial boards for a number of these journals and has had his research funded by organizations such as the Society of Human Resource Management, the Upjohn Institute, and the Gevity Institute. During his time at USC, Klaas has served on a wide range of college and university committees and worked extensively with undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students.

Morning Meeting - Dr. Brian Klaas, Dean
 Oct 06, 2017
 Oct 07, 2017
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As the Founder and former CEO of Boulevard Brewing Co., John McDonald will share his experiences with us on starting up Missouri's second largest brewery.

Morning Meeting - John McDonald
 Oct 13, 2017

Miki Bowman, Kansas State Bank Commissioner, will speak about the State of Kansas' Banking and Finance.


Morning Meeting - Miki Bowman
 Oct 20, 2017

Jacie Hoyt was named the 10th head coach in UMKC women's basketball history on May 11, 2017. Hoyt took the helm of the Roos program after spending the past three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach at Kansas State. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Nevada (2011-14) for three years. She was a team captain and standout point guard at Wichita State from 2006-09.

Morning Meeting- Jacie Hoyt
 Oct 27, 2017
Mornng Meeting-Non-Profit Day
 Nov 03, 2017
 Nov 05, 2017
1:00 PM – 7:25 PM
Morning Meeting - Allen Garner, District Governor
 Nov 10, 2017

Steve Paul, Author, ex KCStar journalist, tells us about Hemingway at 18 years of age. You can read more about Steve Paul and his writing here.

Morning Meeting - Steve Paul
 Nov 17, 2017
 Nov 24, 2017
Morning Meeting- Grant Gooding
 Dec 01, 2017

Dr. Mark Brigman, Founder & Chief Consultant, FIDELIS ONE

Mark is an expert at turning collaborative relationships into highly functional competitive advantages. While working for a Fortune 100 technology firm, he traveled across the US and to numerous European countries establishing and leading multi-million dollar partnerships. Since the early 2000s, his passion and expertise in strategic partnerships led him to speak on numerous occasions, including an international conference in London to 600 people.

Before founding FIDELIS ONE, Mark served as Chief Operations Officer and VP of Client Services at two national firms. His pedigree also includes a Ph.D. in Business Administration & Leadership, Master’s in Economics, 13 years as a strategic partnership lead for a Fortune 100 firm, US Patent Inventor, Adjunct Professor of Business & Economics, six-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and University of Central Missouri Advisory Board Member.

Mark’s passion and ability to build lasting business partnerships is a unique gift. He created the Strategic Partner Leadership Model™ (SPLM) as the culmination of his 20 years of experience in forging industry leading partnerships so the best practices could be shared with others!

Morning Meeting - Mark Brigman, PhD
 Dec 08, 2017
Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD
 Dec 15, 2017
Morning Meeting - Steve Grogan
 Dec 22, 2017
 Dec 29, 2017
Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD
 Jan 05, 2018