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King University News :: New Dean Named for King's School of Business & Economics

King College's School of Business Economics has a new dean and professor of business. Dr. Todd H. Erickson, named to the position at the end of the spring 2011 term, brings a wealth of academic and corporate experience to this position.

We are thrilled to have Todd on our team, said Dr. Paul Percy, provost for King College. His proven record is a testament to the leadership he will provide for the College's School of Business Economics.

I am blessed to join a faculty that works very hard to serve the interests of the students and the college, Erickson continued. We must not only have the attitude of servants when we interact with our students, but we must also actively provide some meaningful service within our community, I envision our faculty working with projects that both coincide with the mission and vision of the college and are also relatable within the framework of study in the classroom.

Erickson's initial vision for King's School of Business Economics is one of infusing faith within the curriculum. Having faith be a part of our conversation as a School of Business is paramount. It allows us to look at how we can actively bring our faith into the various business disciplines. My beliefs influence how I look at marketing. As a faith-based institution, we should teach our students how their beliefs affect their decisions in the business world.

Erickson, who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, originally hails from Chicago, Ill. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics with honors from Wheaton College, where he was a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He also received a Master of Management degree with a specialization in marketing and finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a Doctor of Business Administration in marketing from Anderson University's Falls School of Business.

His extensive corporate experience includes the New Jersey based pharmaceutical and health care products giant, Johnson Johnson Company. He has also worked for the James Rivers Corporation; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner Smith; in addition to owning his own vehicle leasing, rental, and sales company.

Erickson first made the transition to higher education as an associate professor and executive director at Judson College in Elgin, Ill. After four years at Judson, he made the move to Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. With a mission to transform lives through Christ-centered higher education, TWU's philosophies are quite similar to King's mission.

Trinity Western is a wonderful school, but I felt I'd lost touch with the students, said Erickson. I was able to make an impact through my administrative positions, however, I missed that interaction with the students. With this realization, I knew it was time for a change.

While at Trinity Western, Erickson rose through the ranks from tenured associate professor of marketing at the university's School of Business, to associate provost/assistant dean administration. Most recently, he served as the vice-provost for TWU.