Executive MBA

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Henry W. Bloch School of Management

EMBA Faculty

Powerful Teaching from the Best in the Business

Bloch Executive MBA students learn from world-renowned faculty with impressive records of business, research, and teaching excellence.

Bloch School faculty bring richly diverse and impressive backgrounds and come from top schools across the country. They are also award-winning scholars, authors, and educators with international reputations. Bloch faculty love what they do, and it shows. They are highly-accessible and engaged, offering Bloch Executive MBA students a stimulating and collaborative learning environment.

A sample of EMBA program faculty include:

Dr. Gary Baker
Senior Fellow, Bloch School Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Gary Baker, Ph.D, was the director of community building initiatives, senior fellow and adjunct professor of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. The Midwest Center is an education and outreach center of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with emphasis in nonprofit entrepreneurship and urban education. His dissertation was a study of the competitive advantages for urban core businesses. Baker holds a master of public administration and a Nonprofit Fund Raising Professional Certificate from the Bloch School. He received his B.A. in psychology with a double major in business from Baker University. Baker is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the state and local level from the John F. Kennedy School of Government located at Harvard University. He has been involved in numerous professional and civic leadership roles during his career.

Lee Bolman, Ph.D.
Professor of Leadership
Ph.D, Yale University

Lee Bolman, Ph.D., is professor in the Bloch Executive MBA Program who holds the Marion Bloch Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bolman’s teaching and writing over the last three decades has explored the intersection of organizations and leadership. Dr. Bolman favors the space and freedom to develop an argument that writing books offers as opposed to writing articles, and his primary interest is in writing for managers and students of management, trying to distill the products of management scholarship into clear, succinct and practical lessons for leadership. Bolman has written numerous books on leadership and organizations, including How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (expected August, 2014) and Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (5th ed., 2013), both with Terry Deal, and Reframing Academic Leadership (2011), with Joan Gallos. His B.A. in history and Ph.D. in organizational behavior are from Yale University.

Charles Connely
Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate
M.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Charles ("Chuck") C. Connely is an Associate Teaching Professor of finance and real estate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management. He is also managing director of EPR Financial Services, a subsidiary of EPR Properties (formerly Entertainment Properties Trust). Connely served as managing director of KPMG LLP’s Corporate Finance Group and vice president of corporate finance with George K. Baum & Company. Connely served as General Manager of Butler Real Estate, a BlueScope Steel Company. Connely serves on the Board of Directors of Epiq Systems, Inc., a public integrated technology solutions company for the legal profession, and on the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of KC Foundation, which provides medical rehabilitation, employment placement and disability services. Connely has an MBA and B.B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.

Dr. David Donnelly
Dean | Professor of Accountancy
Ph.D., University of Illinois

David Donnelly, Ph.D., , is Dean and a professor of accounting at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Ph.D.) and Kansas State University (B.S. and M.B.A). Donnelly is a past member of the board of directors of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) and a current member of the board of directors of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). He also serves on several other committees of the American Accounting Association, the APLG and the FSA. Donnelly’s research interests include behavioral judgment and decision-making as it relates to organizational performance, job satisfaction and stress. Most recently his research has examined how behavioral factors lead to dysfunctional audit behaviors and turnover. Donnelly has received numerous research grants and teaching awards and has made numerous professional and educational presentations. He has publications in leading accounting, business and educational journals, including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, CPA Journal, The Woman CPA, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Education and others.

Doranne Hudson
Executive in Residence and Visiting Instructor
M.B.A., Harvard University

Doranne Hudson is an Executive-in- Residence and Associate Teaching Professor at The Bloch School. She teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Bloch’s degree programs as well as executive education programs with such companies as Sprint, H&R Block, Garmin, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and The Federal Reserve Bank. Her research and teaching interests include organizational influence, networks and social capital, leading change, and leader values. In 2010 and 2011 she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by Bloch’s graduating students and in 2012 won the Bloch School’s Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award. Hudson’s corporate experience includes 25 years of marketing and general management with Gillette Company and Hallmark Cards, where she was senior vice-president and a corporate officer. In addition to brand management and product development, she had major line and P&L responsibilities for the retail division and four of Hallmark’s subsidiary companies. Hudson earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, summa cum laude, an MSW in social policy from Washington University, and an MBA from Harvard University.

Dr. Sandra Kruse-Smith
Executive Coach
Ph.D., Capella University

Sandra Kruse-Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Coach for the Bloch School Executive MB A program. In that capacity she helps current and emerging leaders improve their professional presence, define their brand, sharpen their communication skills, and apply leadership theory to real-time workplace challenges. Dr. Kruse-Smith began her career as one of the first female managers at the Honeywell Kansas City plant, then left to start her own consulting company that has provided communications assessment, consulting and coaching services for more than 25 years. Dr. Kruse-Smith holds a B.A. in English and Education from UMKC, an M.A. in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University.

Jeanie Latz, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jeanie Latz is a senior executive with substantial experience in publicly-held and not-for-profit organizations serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Great Plains Energy, an energy holding company (NYSE;GXP) responsible for internal affairs including corporate governance, SEC compliance, human resources, internal auditing and procurement. She also served as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors and committees of the Board. Latz is currently a member of the Faculty of the Executive MBA program at the University of Missouri-Bloch School ofManagement teaching strategy, and also a managing partner of Midcap Advisors consulting with middle-market companies. Latz is actively engaged in the community serving on the boards of several foundations and organizations. Latz received a BS in Business Education from Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Clancy Martin
Associate Professor of Business Ethics Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Clancy Martin, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy in UMKC's College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Business Ethics at the Bloch School of Management. He works on 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, moral psychology (especially deception, self-deception, and self-knowledge), and the intersections of philosophy and literature. His work has appeared in Harper's Magazine (where he is a contributing editor), The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, GQ, Esquire, Ethics, McSweeney's, NOON, New Letters, The Times Literary Supplement, VICE, The Australian Financial Times, The Dublin Times, and many other publications. Clancy earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Phil Needles
Adjunct Professor
M.B.A,, University of Pennsylvania

Phil Needles is currently serving as Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and also as Programs Manager for UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr. Needles’ prior appointment was at the University of Miami School of Business Administration where he was Assistant to the Dean for Planning and Assessment. He also oversaw the school’s Entrepreneurship Program and was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Needles has professionally served as Content Consultant for a Walt Disney Internet Group International broadband entertainment and educational product in Europe, Japan, Latin America, and Australia; Director of Programming for Disney TeleVentures, a Walt Disney Company interactive television and broadband content joint venture; and Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Needles received his MBA with majors in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Management, and Operations Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BBA summa cum laude from the University of Miami with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Margaret Keating
MBA, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Margaret Keating began her 31 year career with Hallmark in 1979 as a process controller. She held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations, including process scheduling manager, manager of Graphic Arts technical package processing, operations program strategist, Graphic Arts human resources director, and director of Graphic Arts. In April 1994, she was promoted to Hallmark vice-president - graphic arts and named a corporate officer. Margaret was given additional responsibilities as director of product quality execution in March 1995, and was named Hallmark vice president - North American production in 1997. In 2000, she assumed the role of Operations vice president - global shared services, and was promoted to Group Vice-President, Operations in 2003. In this role, Margaret oversaw all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing, distribution, and graphic arts functions, including Litho-Krome Co., Hallmark's lithographic printing subsidiary in Columbus, Georgia. She was also responsible for global procurement, with offices in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai, and global supply chain activities that span the Hallmark family of companies. Margaret retired from Hallmark in 2010.Margaret received a B.S. in business/economics from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and an MBA in operations management from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Robert Strom, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Robert Strom directs the Kauffman Foundation’s commissioned research, working with the nation’s top scholars to advance knowledge in entrepreneurship. Strom has also served on the collegiate and youth entrepreneurship teams during his tenure at the Foundation. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and vice president of the National Council on Economic Education. In that capacity, he worked with a national network of state councils and university-based centers for economic education to deliver economic education programs to the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. Strom has also been assistant vice president for public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, president of the Missouri Council on Economic Education, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a member of the economics department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cincinnati. He has published several books, authored numerous articles, and spoken extensively to academic and professional audiences on topics of entrepreneurship and economics.

Anton Ames
EMBA, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Anton Ames is a seasoned and innovative executive, whose strengths include strategy formulation and execution. With nearly 20 years’ experience in business operations and technology, Anton has a wealth of knowledge to draw from. His work has been credited with high operational improvements and strong ROI. Anton holds a BS in Managing Information Systems and completed his Executive MBA at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Management.

William Kay
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
MBA, University of Missouri, Columbia

William Kay is an instructor for Bloch Executive Education and owner of W. Kay & Associates, which is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and technological performance. Kay specializes in assisting businesses in improving performance in the areas of strategic planning, finance and accounting, project management, marketing, sales and sales management, and team building following the accelerated learning model for adult learning. Kay’s professional experience includes over 30 years experience as CEO, CFO, and owner of a major company. Kay holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

James Kindley
MBA, Harvard Business School

Mr. Kindley has over 35 years of consumer product experience. Currently, Mr. Kindley is a senior lecturer at the Cox Graduate School of Business at Southern Methodist University where he has taught in the marketing department since 1996. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Kindley served as President of American Designer Pottery, a manufacturer of polyurethane garden containers, from 1990 to 1995 as Vice President of Marketing for Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., from 1988 to 1990 as Vice President of Marketing for Bissell, Inc. and from 1985 to 1988 as Group Product Manager for Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He is also engaged by several companies as a new product consultant and holds over ten patents. Mr. Kindley has served as a member of the board of directors of Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. Mr. Kindley has a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in product design from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Brent Never, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management
Ph.D., Indiana University- Bloomington

Brent Never is an assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. His current research focuses on the impact of the current economic recession on the capacity of nonprofits to continue providing necessary services to those most in need. A two-time Fulbright Scholar, Never most recently went to the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he conducted research on nonprofit service provision after the 30 years of ethnic conflict. He has also worked in the Statistics and Research Department at the Central Bank of West African States. Never received his Ph.D. in public policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University- Bloomington.

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