Rick Mathieu serves as the Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte. The McColl School is the home of three programs united by one faculty and staff: the Undergraduate Business Program, the Graduate Business Program, and the Executive Leadership Institute. Under his leadership, the McColl School 2020 Strategic Plan was adopted stating: 1) The McColl School will continue to embrace its vision: a leadership focus, integration with the business community, and a personalized educational experience that is relevant and practical. 2) The McColl School has three distinctive programs each with a unique value proposition, and 3) The McColl School is focused on two drivers of success: growth and quality.
Since 2015 the McColl School of Business has seen growth in academic quality and student enrollment. In 2017, new undergraduate majors were offered in management and marketing, a DECA collegiate chapter was initiated, the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter received recognition as a High Honors Chapter, and the Vandiver Center for Career Development announced that 100% of the McColl School Class of 2016 were employed or in graduate school 3 months after graduation. In spring 2017, US News & World Report rankings indicated that the McColl School of Business undergraduate program was the #21 small (<3,000 university enrollment), private business school in the country.
In 2017, the Queens University Flexible MBA was launched. This innovative program consolidated the existing evening (PMBA), online (OMBA) and executive (EMBA) programs to offer student flexiblity in course delivery (on-campus or online), curricular choice (concentrations, electives or certificates), and pacing (24 months to 36 months). The McColl School staff developed a plan to take a responsive and personalized approach to recruiting, enrollment, advising and student support. Each enrolled student receives timely, thoughtful and accurate advising that includes academic course planning and planning related to McColl School co-curricular opportunities and resources (Wild Acres, Leaders in Action, networking events, executive coaching program). For the MBA Class of 2016, 100% of graduates agreed that the degree helped with career progression, and 44% of graduates received a pay raise between +10-59% over original salary. In 2017, the Queens MBA program was the 7th largest AACSB accredited business school in North Carolina with an enrollment of 215 students.
The McColl School of Business plays a significant role in the Charlotte Business Community. Each year the school hosts the following events: Carolina’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year, the Charlotte HR Summit, TWIST Conference for Women in Leadership, and Estate Planner’s Day. The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), located in the McColl School of Business, designs and delivers customized executive leadership education including a Physician’s Leadership Initiative and a School Leadership Academy. A highly successful Certified Financial Planner (CFP) program rounds out the ELI offerings.
From 2005 to 2015 Rick served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Business and as Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at James Madison University. In his role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs he provided leadership for all graduate and undergraduate programs in a nationally recognized business school serving over 4,500 students. He oversaw faculty research and instruction, AACSB accreditation, international programs, the core business curriculum, undergraduate student advising, and all assurance of learning activities within the college.
Rick co-chaired the task force to develop and implement the College of Business 2014-2020 Strategic Plan around the vision “to be a global leader in preparing students to be engaged, principled business professionals and leaders”. As Associate Dean he oversaw the integration of two non-AASCB schools (School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management and School of Strategic Leadership Studies) into the College of Business, the growth and reputation building of JMU’s Innovation MBA and MBA InfoSec programs, the implementation of a differential tuition policy and budget, the development of a ‘leadership’ area of emphasis in the university honors program, and leadership for the college’s annual Rainey/Jackson Business Plan Competition.
Experiential learning and business engagement have been consistent themes through Rick’s academic career. Through his teaching and research he has successfully engaged over twenty-five organizations while at the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, and the College of Business at James Madison University. These organizations include: Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Deloitte Consulting, Futron, General Electric, DRC/HPTi, Interroll Corp., King Commercial Leasing, MicroStrategy, Monsanto, Planet Technologies, Rainmaker Marketing and Schnuck’s Markets. His active engagement in the community has led to appointments to the advisory boards for the Center for Supply Chain Management (St. Louis), Project MEGSSS, Inc. (Mathematics for Exceptionally Gifted Secondary School Students), the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and the advisory panel for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.
From 2005 until 2011 he served as department head and ManTech Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems & Management Science at James Madison University. During that time, the James Madison University CIS Undergraduate Program was named a “Top 10 Information Technology Program in Nation” by TechRepublic (2008), the CIS program experienced an enrollment growth of 116% in the undergraduate CIS Major, a joint degree program in CIS was developed between Wuhan University (China) and James Madison University, multiple endowed scholarships and endowed faculty development funds were established, and the CIS Industry Partners Program was launched.
From 1999 until 2005 he taught in the Department of Operations Management and Information Technology Management in the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. From 2003 until 2005 he served as department chair. During that time the MIS program was listed as one of the top six undergraduate programs on Saint Louis University’s campus by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. In 2003 he received the Thomas Knapp, SJ, Faculty Member of the Year Award for the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. From 1991 until 1999 he taught in the Department Information Systems and Operations Management in the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Rick is active in the information systems and operations management research communities in the areas of enterprise management, business analytics, and supply chain management. He has published over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, three peer-reviewed book chapters, one book, and thirty-four conference proceedings. His research has appeared in publications such as Communications of the ACM, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Production Planning and Control, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Computers in Industry. He has received fourteen research grants totaling over $138,000.