Insch settles into role as dean of UT College of Business & InnovationWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Insch began his tenure as dean of the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo on July 14, bringing both academic and business experience to the job.
“I’m excited about being here at UT and excited about discovering Ohio,” Insch said in an interview with Toledo Free Press.
Insch comes to UT from West Virginia University where he served as associate dean for graduate programs and associate professor of management. He spent the past 12 years at WVU having joined the college as an assistant professor in 2002. He served as director of MBA programs and director of graduate programs before his promotion to associate dean in 2011.
“The College of Business and Innovation has a strong academic foundation and commitment to experiential learning opportunities and job placements. I look forward to joining a college that has such a strong connection to the community through relationships with alumni and area business leaders,” Insch stated upon accepting the position.
Insch said he was attracted to the opportunity at UT by the great interaction between the college and local business community. Since 80 percent of the business students at UT have internships and find jobs in the area, it’s important to be engaged in the community, he added.
“Dr. Insch brings a wealth of experience and will continue to accelerate the College of Business and Innovation’s upward trajectory,” said John Barrett, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UT.
“A dedicated teacher, he is committed to strong academics combined with experiential learning to provide the best opportunities for students. He will be an asset to this institution as well as the business community in the region,” Barrett said.
Insch said he first visited UT on a day last April when there were few students on campus. However, he was given a tour of the campus by a very enthusiastic student guide who pointed out many positive aspects of the university.
“The faculty was very engaging with good academic standing and an excellent balance of education and research.’” Insch said.
“We want to attract the best faculty, students and staff. We want to train and mentor them to focus on excellence so people can get placed in successful careers. I believe in hiring the best people and then getting out of their way,” he said about his management style.
“It is critical and essential to have local businesses involved in the college,” Insch said. “They bring a high level of experience so we want to bring them together and let their stories be inspirational to students.”
Insch said he has already begun to meet with many of the business leaders in the area and still has more on his list to contact.
His business experience includes eight years as assistant vice president and commercial loan officer for First Security Bank of Utah in Salt Lake City. He also served as general/business manager of the Actors’ Repertory Theater Ensemble in Provo, Utah, and a financial consultant with the Small Business Development Center in Salt Lake City.
Insch is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and the Strategic Management Society.
“With my financial background, numbers have always been part of it. Numbers are the language of accounting and business so it’s helpful to speak the language. I have both the vocabulary and academia experience,” Insch said.
He also served on the faculty of Boston University and Indiana University before joining West Virginia University.
Insch’s academic focus has been on international entrepreneurship, small business planning, foreign direct investment and industrial purchasing. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University, an MBA in international business and marketing from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in business administration and Ph.D in international business and strategy from Indiana University.
Insch said that he originally wanted to be an actor and has done some theater in places where he has lived. He also loves sports, both watching and playing them. He said he hopes to get back to playing golf after hearing about the many excellent golf courses in the area.
He was born and raised in San Diego. He said his family activities are important to him. Insch and his wife Jackie have four grown children, two daughters and two sons.
Jackie has a master’s degree in special education and teaches fourth grade. Their oldest son is a videographer in Florida. One daughter is a massage therapist living in Utah with her husband who attends BYU. The other daughter is on a church mission in Las Vegas. The youngest son will be a sophomore majoring in general studies at WVU.
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