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Top Faculty Join School of Business and Management Leadership

by Rachel White

Advancing its mission to equip professionals ready to succeed in today’s business environment, Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management (SBM) appointed two faculty to new leadership positions for the 2014–15 academic year.

Ron Jewe, Ph.D., will serve as associate dean for accreditation while continuing in his role as undergraduate chair, a position he has held since 2008. Thomas Drape, Ph.D., will serve as graduate chair for both the business and management programs. He joined the APU faculty team in 2013 as the director for the MBA program.

“From Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to nonprofits and start-ups, our students graduate ready to make their mark on the business world thanks to relevant instruction by high-caliber faculty,” said Rose Leigler, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Business and Management. “Serving in their new roles within the School of Business and Management, Dr. Jewe and Dr. Drape will help shape its future and ensure APU’s continued commitment to producing ethically grounded, socially conscious business leaders.”

In his new role, Jewe will oversee the school’s international accreditation process. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, his wide range of expertise includes management, marketing, business ethics, organizational leadership, and strategic planning. Jewe belongs to several professional organizations, such as the Christian Business Faculty Association and the American Marketing Association. He holds a Ph.D. from Regent University, an M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, and an MBA and B.S. from Arizona State University.

Drape’s new role involves leading a comprehensive strategic review of the SBM MBA and MAM young executive, traditional and online programs. He has held previous leadership and faculty positions in the Department of Management at the United States Air Force Academy, University of Puget Sound and the George C. Marshall European Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2012 after more than 20 years with a variety of senior leadership and management roles, receiving the highest level of project management qualification in the defense aerospace sector. Drape earned a bilingual Ph.D. with honors from IESE Business School in Spain, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from the Air Force Academy.

Azusa Pacific University's School of Business and Management prepares professionals to lead with integrity. The school offers 12 undergraduate business majors and minors, including degrees in accounting, business management, economics, finance, international business, and marketing. Executive education options include an online MBA, a traditional on-campus MBA program, and a graduate management degree, the Master of Arts in Management (MAM).