On Oct. 25, IBM executive Joseph Bauman lectured Kansas University business students and faculty on his vision of a new manufacturing strategy for U.S. industry.
On July 1, he will return to KU as dean of the School of Business to lead many of those same people and implement a new management strategy for the school.
"I'm excited and delighted," Bauman, of Ridgefield, Conn., said in a telephone interview. "I can't think of anything more fun to plunge into and to do well.
"One of my perceived strengths is my style, in terms of listening, in trying to assure there is a consensus so we can all go together in the direction we choose," he said.
BAUMAN, 50, was named dean Tuesday morning, nine months after John Tollefson announced his decision to leave the position to return to full-time teaching.
Bauman was selected from four finalists. Five candidates were invited to campus for interviews.
A 1961 KU engineering graduate, Bauman has been with International Business Machines Corp. for 24 years. He's director of quality, development and manufacturing.
Bauman said he accepted the KU job to fulfill his longstanding desire to return to the Midwest, develop his interests in education and "give something back" to KU.
As the first business dean from outside the ranks of academia, Bauman will receive an annual salary of $102,000. He will be granted tenure as a full professor.
BAUMAN WILL bring to the school strong leadership skills and broad business experience, said Jack Gaumnitz, business professor and head of the search committee.
"There is a constant need to prioritize, which is done in concert with the business community and the research going on and what classes students want to take," Bauman said.
Bauman was a member of the task force and development team that originated the IBM personal computer and he managed worldwide production of the PC.
He's a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Foundation and the Manufacturing Council of the American Management Assn. He also works with Northwestern University's management program.