Midland University Hires Todd Conkright as New Dean of Dunklau School of Business
Midland University has named Todd Conkright as the new Dean of its Dunklau School of Business after an extensive national search.
A noted scholar of organizational development and strategic management Conkright will work to strengthen Midland University’s undergraduate business offerings including the renowned accounting program, as well as the MBA, Code Academy, and Project Management Certification Programs.
“Ultimately, my goal is to build a reputation that makes our students candidates of choice in the marketplace, known for their integrity, business acumen, communication skills, and ability to lead,” said Conkright.
With more than 20 years of professional experience, Todd’s leadership encompasses a variety of market knowledge spanning areas of process improvement, talent development, and change management.
Prior to Midland University, Conkright was the Director of Global Client Education Services for First Data, where he led a team of client-facing instructional support representatives to help educate users on products, systems, and tools to manage and grow their credit and debit issuing business.
Serving as Owner and Principal Consultant, Conkright established Cornerstone Global Training and Performance Solutions, a successful free agent consultancy firm, where he focused on human capital strategy and executive coaching, working with organizations to identify and eliminate barriers to performance.
“We’re thrilled to have Todd as part of our team,” said Midland University President, Jody Horner. “His blend of experience in both business and academics is exactly what we were looking for. Todd brings the right combination of leadership and experience to help us realize our vision of being relentlessly relevant and create dynamic, innovative experiences for our students by working from the marketplace back to ensure career readiness.”
Over the past eight years, Conkright has enhanced classroom experiences for Omaha-area students, teaching topics in Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Social Entrepreneurship at a number of local universities, including Creighton, Bellevue, and Grace Universities.
“As an instructor, I take my responsibility seriously in preparing students for success in their careers,” said Conkright. “I was drawn to Midland University because of the emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and vision. I am not a maintainer of programs – I am constantly evaluating the current state and making continuous improvements – as well as significant changes – to add value and capture all that is possible.”
Conkright seeks to inspire others to move beyond the status quo to discover what is possible and to build stronger, more meaningful programs.