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Kerrick named dean of Bellarmine’s Rubel School of Business

Apr 28, 2017

Raymond to serve as associate dean
Bellarmine University’s board of trustees announced that Dr. Sharon Kerrick will become dean of Bellarmine’s W. Fielding Rubel School of Business.

Kerrick, currently interim dean of the business school, joined Bellarmine’s business faculty as assistant dean in 2016. Her new appointment is effective June 1, 2017.

"A degree from the Rubel School of Business is very much respected in Louisville and the region, and Dr. Kerrick has a keen vision for building on that great tradition through an innovative approach to business education," said Dr. Carole Pfeffer, Bellarmine's provost. "Supported by a faculty that boasts tremendous expertise in their fields, she's prepared to lead the way as we continue to produce the region's top business leaders."

The Rubel School of Business -- recognized as one of the nation’s top business schools by The Princeton Review -- offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, economics and finance, along with a master of business administration and an online master of science in taxation.

Sharon KerrickAt Bellarmine, Kerrick has already focused on enhancing academic offerings and building community connections. In recent months, she has worked with faculty to revamp the MBA curriculum, the master's in taxation program earned a top-five national ranking and the business school hosted the city's largest Startup Weekend to date.

"The Rubel School of Business continues to grow in many exciting ways, thanks to our students, faculty and staff," said Kerrick. "We are adding three new faculty members this fall as well as planning many networking and executive speaker series events. Innovation is our theme and we continue to weave this throughout our programs and partnerships."

Kerrick comes to Bellarmine from the University of Louisville, where she was associate director of the Forcht Entrepreneurship Center, taught in the entrepreneurship MBA program and led the undergraduate entrepreneurship minor, which she created in 2008. She also served as director of the university’s Economic Education Center. Kerrick holds undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Louisville.

Kerrick has lectured on a number of business issues, including entrepreneurship, in several countries, such as Russia, the Czech Republic and Greece. She has published research in leading journals in the areas of entrepreneurship, e-learning and financial literacy, and her research has been referenced by Forbes.

Prior to joining U of L in 2002, she was senior vice president and co-founder of Micro Computer Solutions, a technology firm that grew to more than 300 employees in five states over a 20 year span.

Kerrick is currently chair-elect of the region’s Better Business Bureau, and serves on the boards of the Louisville Water Company, National Association for Women Business Owners Foundation and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.

She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including Business First’s 40 Under 40, GLI's Technologist of the Year, Women 4 Women Champions for Her, Junior Achievement Worldwide Leadership Award and the University of Louisville’s Paul Weber Teaching Excellence award. She has been an advisor for two MBA teams that won the Global Ventures business plan competition.

Associate Dean
Kerrick has appointed Dr. Frank Raymond as the business school's associate dean. Raymond recently served as chair of the department of economics and finance. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University, a master's in mathematics from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's in mathematics from Holy Cross College.

Kerrick said that Raymond's academic and administrative experience will help take the school to a new level of excellence.

Raymond has taught at Bellarmine since 2000.

The Rubel School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

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