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Q&A: New School of Business Dean Leverages Past Experiences

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On May 26, 2022, Michael Johnson-Cramer new dean I started my new position at Ithaca College School of Business on July 1, 2022..

before coming to Ithaca College, Johnson-Cramer was a professor of business administration at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.Moreover, he daverage of bFrom 2019 to 2020, he worked at the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

staff writer Jadin Davis spoke Johnson-Cramer talks about what he hopes to achieve as Dean of Ithaca College School of Business and how his past leadership experience has helped him in his role.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Jadin Davis: How does it feel to be the new Dean of Ithaca College School of Business?

Michael Johnson Kramer: I’m really excited. I have admired Ithaca College for a long time, but I have especially admired the faculty… From a distance, you can see how engaged they are with their students. He spent his 14-year career at a student-centered institution very similar to mine. Coming to Ithaca is like returning to a place where students are the reason you wake up in the morning.

JD: What drew you to Ithaca College in the first place?

MC: A culture that is student-centered and genuinely engaged with students. Another part here that I think really attracted me was the history and background of the university… [There’s] A truly rich learning environment to become a dean, That’s a big part of what I’ve admired,, as i found out, is the basic principle behind. MeThis fits my sense of how students and faculty learn together.

JD: How do you think your past experience in multiple leadership roles will help you as Dean?

MC: I’ve had a lot of experience as a faculty member, leading a curriculum review and being in the dean’s office at two different institutions. So I have a bit of a branching experience from some of the things I deal with at the college level, and I think it works.I hope I can be a good voice in some of those conversations and support their vision for college.. …considering how deans can become part of the educational conversation, support individual faculty members, guide individual faculty members, and engage with students who come from their small school experience. It is important.

JD: What do you think you will bring to the business school as dean?

MC: One of my core passions is interdisciplinary. It’s about crossing over what used to be business silos.Because of my interdisciplinary passion, the business problems being addressed by private for-profit companies are wellness and Health care Policy could benefit from being a little more creative or understanding people’s differences and cultures.

JD: How do you become an advocate for your school’s students?

MC: [Ithaca College] The students seem to be pretty strong advocates for themselves.student leaders speak up,bWhat I can do is work with students and faculty to jointly create a great learning community.Hearing is an important factor [from] and charming [with] student. The best way I can advocate for students is to provide them with a platform, formal and informal channels to advocate for themselves. I can’t wait to see what we come up with together.