ASU welcomes Tomlin as School of Business chair


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Arriving in July, Dr. Michael Tomlin, Adams State University School of Business chair, said his goals include increasing the recognition and reputation of the business department throughout the region. “I want to be anywhere along the Front Range and when I mention Adams State, hear the reply, ‘I have heard ASU is a good university and has a really good School of Business.’”

Tomlin will focus on programs which are the most relative to growing the program. He plans on spending the next few months observing and talking to faculty and students before making any big decisions. “I need to make good and right decisions for Adams State and the School of Business.” Then the next step is to begin promoting starting with their hallways, to the local Chamber of Commerce and on down the highway “in all directions.”

This is Tomlin’s fifth higher education appointment. In his introduction to business class he insists the students read or listen to the daily financial reports before coming to class. “Every one of them has the ability, with the right education, ambition, talent, timing and luck, to become president of the World Bank.”

Tomlin, a social scientist, has studied adults, generations, members of various professions, vocations, buyer trends, businesses, advocacy groups, gender, and voter blocks. He is also a program builder, teacher, trainer, consultant, and speaker, but most of all an adult educator and leader of learning, people, and organizations.

Tomlin holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of Wyoming; a master of adult education from Oklahoma Central State University; and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Nazarene University. He is a member of the National Association of Scholars, Phi Delta Kappa, American Society for Training and Development, the Institute of Applied and Behavioral Management, and numerous other organizations.

Before arriving at Adams State, Tomlin served as associate dean of the Central Wyoming College campus in Jackson Hole; director of George Fox University’s MBA Program, located in Boise, Idaho; and 13 years on the graduate faculty at the University of Idaho, preparing leaders and improving organizations. He has significant experience in business, as one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Leadership Network. He consults in leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communications, and is a lead consulting trainer in Idaho’s Certified Public Manager Program for state leaders.

He has authored over 150 publications and is an award-winning journalist, who for five years wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Tomlin recently wrote for the Idaho Business Review.

Tomlin moved to Alamosa with his wife, Sue and their Golden Retriever, Libby.