Thomas G. Kruczek
President, Notre Dame College
Thomas G. Kruczek became the fourteenth president of Notre Dame College on June 30, 2014.
Prior to joining Notre Dame, Kruczek was Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., since 2011. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University from 2009-2011andas Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., from 2006-2009.
He received both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Kruczek’s accomplishments at the College of Business and Management at Lynn University include:
- Developing a new undergraduate curriculum including the addition of three new majors – one of which is now the second most popular major at the University – and a series of courses starting in the freshman year that assist students in planning for life after college;
- Assisting the fundraising and design of a new three-story, 35,000 square-foot College of Business building, to open in August 2014;
- Launching a Career Preparation and Internship Center which has cultivated more than 90 new corporate partnerships from the regional and national business community;
- Completing a strategic plan for the College, reorganizing the College’s structure and completing reaccreditation of the College with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education;
- Initiating a series of College-focused faculty committees to discuss and propose solutions for challenges including majors, rubrics and faculty development;
- Creating marketing and social media programs which that have resulted in increased enrollment for the MBA and Sports Management programs;
- Commencing a strong Board of Advisors for the College to ensure future success and direction.
While serving as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the Center rose in national rankings and during Kruczek’s tenure was listed as the third best entrepreneurship program in the country by Bloomberg Business week, fourth by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine and ninth by U.S. News and World Report. The Falcone Center is one of the largest entrepreneurship centers in the country.
Under Kruczek’s direction, the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College was ranked “one of the top 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States” by the Princeton Review/ Entrepreneur Magazine, a first-time-ever distinction for the program.
Kruczek has lectured on several subject areas including entrepreneurship, innovations and start-up ventures, and assisting and teaching disabled and women military veterans through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Programs.
In addition to his successful contribution to the academic field, Kruczek also served as CEO and owner of Sun-Tek Industries, a privately-held manufacturing business selling building materials and lawn and garden products to customers across the United States.
Kruczek is also one of the founding partners of Steve Baker and Associates, a consulting firm, where he established a completely new division and worked with entrepreneurs, corporations and governments from all over the world to develop projects for the leisure and hospitality industry.
Prior to his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Kruczek held a variety of positions with The Walt Disney Company in both the financial planning and marketing areas.
I believe that entrepreneurship is a subject that can be taught; in my classes I provide students a variety of different ways to be involved in the discipline. I want students to explore the entrepreneurial journey, seeing how other entrepreneurs from throughout the world embarked on creating a product or service and what it took to bring that to market. I want students to understand the steps of that journey from the formation of the idea to exit and I want them to understand the difficulty of that path. I want students to learn from other entrepreneurs, which is the reason that I bring guest speakers into classes. I want students to experience entrepreneurship, which is the reason I include experiential learning opportunities in my classes. I want students to understand that entrepreneurship is more than just the startup, which is why I include a discussion of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship in my classes. And I want students to understand that many times, we learn from when we fail, which is why I also include a discussion on failure in my entrepreneurship classes.
Kruczek and his wife Carrie are the parents of five children:Christin, Allison, Thomas, Alex and Jamie Rose. Together they have traveled extensively throughout the world both for business and personal enrichment. Kruczek enjoys sports of all kinds, cooking and reading. Working through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, a nonprofit organization based in New York, he assists disabled military veterans and women military veterans who want to start or grow their own companies.