World–Class Careers Start Here!
It is truly an honor and privilege to lead the flagship business
school in the state of South Dakota, the Beacom School of
Business. Since becoming its dean in August 2014, I have
had the pleasure of working closely with an amazing team
of faculty, staff, students and alumni and have experienced
first–hand South Dakota’s culture of hard work, humility,
integrity, collaboration and lean management. I have
gained a deep understanding of and appreciation for the
Beacom School of Business’ long tradition of achieving and
enhancing student success.
Beacom faculty are world–class in their dedication
to student learning. They not only provide cutting–
edge knowledge and skills, they are sincerely engaged in
mentoring students through academic and career advising,
engaging in student–organizations and connecting with
alumni and business/community leaders. Beacom staff
collectively provides excellent support so our students start
their world–class careers right after graduation. There is a
transformational learning community evolving here, with
entrepreneurial thinking, prudent investment and laser–sharp
focus toward realizing our strategic vision of becoming “the
school of choice” for high quality students and employers.
The Beacom School of Business is deeply committed
to local and regional economic development as well.
We continue to work toward creating a steady supply
of next–generation entrepreneurs who will contribute to
economic prosperity in South Dakota and the region. Our
Entrepreneur–in–Residence program has now expanded
to five successful real–world entrepreneurs. We established
a state–of–the–art InnovationLab with technologies and
tools for students to experience rapid innovation. Thanks to
several industry supporters, we have the latest CAD systems,
3–D printers and 3–D scanners that enable our students to
experience and learn how to reduce the time–to–market to
become successful entrepreneurs. At the Beacom School of
Business, we develop success one entrepreneur at a time!
Innovation is occurring in our academic programs as
well. Beacom faculty have been heavily engaged in new
program development. New minors in Business Analytics
and Innovation & Entrepreneurship have been approved
and are ready to roll out in fall 2016. New majors in
Operational Analytics and Innovation & Entrepreneurship
are waiting for final approval from the Board of Regents
before they are rolled out as well. Faculty are deeply involved
in pedagogical innovations such as “flipped classrooms” and
simulation modeling. Beacom faculty are also starting to
develop program advisory councils for each major in order to
strengthen connections with alumni and industry leaders.
One of the highlights of last year is the rapid enrollment
growth we have witnessed in our online graduate programs
despite intense regional/national competition. Our
undergraduate programs also witnessed growth amidst a
highly competitive marketplace. The new majors and minors
as well as our continued dedication toward student success
and mentoring is helping us sustain our growth, despite our
limited resources dedicated for marketing and branding.
A key strategic priority is faculty excellence. Beacom
faculty are engaged and demonstrate excellence in research
and scholarship. The Beacom Scholar Series showcases
our faculty’s research findings and offers a new platform
for collaborative research. We are investing in faculty
development efforts including professional development,
summer research, and faculty–student collaborative learning
We have made significant progress in developing new
academic programs, growing our faculty resources, and
investing in faculty development. We are confident that the
innovative culture that is evolving at the Beacom School of
Business will help us realize our ambitious plans that focus
on enrollment growth and higher rankings.
We are proudly committed to our students and alumni
success. World–class careers start at the Beacom School of
Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Dean, Beacom School of Business