DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, Iowa’s first college, has announced that Dale Lehmann, Ph.D., professor of business analytics and associate director of its Center of Business Analytics, will serve as director of its Master of Business Administration program. He succeeds founding director Daniel Conway, Ph.D., who has accepted a position at the University of South Florida (USF).
The business analytics program at Loras has been featured in the New York Times, citing it as “cutting edge and needed.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have Dale and his broad set of unique abilities to step into the role of leading our signature MBA program,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “At the same time, I am grateful for Dan’s leadership in establishing the College’s analytics program.”
Lehman, who came to Loras in 2014, has taught at several universities, including Alaska Pacific University where he was also director of its MBA programs. Lehman received his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Rochester, New York and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also held industry positions at Bell Research and Southern Bell Telephone Company.
Lehman will continue to lead the College’s Center for Business Analytics and help facilitate a local analytics think tank of 90 Dubuque area professionals. The Center for Business Analytics focuses on professional and organizational enhancement through data science and analytic techniques. The Center also provides a teaching and research gateway for data informed, responsible decision making in a number of fields, specifically supply chain management, health care, finance and insurance, and sports analytics.
Conway, who spent four years at Loras, served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Augustana College, respectively. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.