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Thomas Kruczek
Thomas Kruczek is the Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University. He assumed this role in August 2011 after serving as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Under his leadership the Falcone Center rose considerably in the national rankings and is now listed as the third best entrepreneurship program in the country by Bloomberg/Business Week, fourth by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine, and ninth by U.S. News and World Report.

Prior to his commitment to Syracuse University, Kruczek served as Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Under his direction, for the first time ever, the program was ranked as “one of the top 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States” by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine.

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 known as 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. His successful entrepreneurial endeavors led the effort to sell a portion of the firm to a large publicly held company, enabling the consulting firm to significantly expand its business.

Moreover, Kruczek bought The Lodge at June Creek, located outside Yellowstone National Park. Upon taking ownership of the property, he led a complete renovation of the resort, which, in less than a year, garnered a three-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association.

Prior to his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Kruczek held a variety of positions with The Walt Disney Company in both the financial planning and marketing areas.

Entries by Thomas Kruczek

College -- All That Money and For What?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:22 PM

This post was co-authored by Jay Forte

According to statistics from The College Board, the moderate cost per year for a public state college is just over $22,000, and for a private institution, it's just over $43,000. Considering it takes an average of just over four years to complete...

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Despite Recent Controversy, Internships Are Still a Valuable Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:49 PM

In today's job market, a college degree is not a guarantee of a good job. Today's graduate needs every advantage and a good internship can give them that edge. It's a wonderful way for a student to experience the real world of business, a "practice run" before they begin their...

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Want to Keep an Eye on Your College Kid? Forget Facebook, Think Twitter

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 11:21 AM

If you want a bird's eye view of what's happening on your kid's college campus... think Twitter!

Summer is winding down, and for those of us with children heading off to college, there is a big shock looming ahead. That son or daughter we've so carefully nurtured and hovered over...

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Smaller B-Schools Can Play Matchmaker Too

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:24 PM

There has been a lot written lately about how business schools can better match their graduates with prospective employers. The March 6 Wall Street Journal article "In Job Hunt, B-Schools Play Matchmaker" by Melissa Korn is a recent example of this conversation. For me, seeing a major national...

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A Dean's Secret Success Tip for College Freshmen -- and No, It's Not 'Follow Your Passion'

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Telling a college freshman to "follow your passion, do what you love and a rewarding career will follow," is usually as futile as encouraging them to begin saving for a retirement account. It may be good advice, but it's premature. Most of them have yet to discover just what it...

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Bringing Innovation to the Ivory Tower

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:43 PM

A college campus should be an exciting interface between the academic and the real world, an institution at the cutting edge of social and technological change, an incubator for new ideas. We're educating our students for the future... and many of our graduates will have careers that we couldn't have...

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Can't Find A Job? Make One!

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:18 PM

Last week I talked to several students -- recent graduates -- who were excited about their future. They were ready to embark on the next step of their lives; they knew where they were going (at least in the near term) and were optimistic and ready to go. What jobs...

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How Peter Diamandis Left Me Feeling Better About the World's Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 9:43 PM

2012-05-16-peterdiamandis.jpgI feel better today than I did yesterday. I still know that there are problems with the global economy, that America's unemployment is still high, and that the housing market is still unsettled. Despite these facts, I still feel better, because I've just...

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