A new faculty member, Brock Zehr, will join the university’s business department in spring 2015.
“This fall semester we are short on one person,” said Troy Irick, assistant professor of business.“This is the hiring as a result of the retirement of professor McEowen at the end of last school year.”
Currently, Zehr is working as an adjunct professor for the university. He teaches in the professional programs and the adult program. During this time, he also taught business, finance, and accounting courses for Ivy Tech Community College, University of Phoenix, and Indiana Wesleyan University.
“After a 25-year career in the banking and financial services industries, I began teaching college business courses five years ago for Huntington’s professional programs department,” Zehr said.
“He knows Huntington, and Huntington knows him,” Irick said. “So he was one of four initial candidates we interviewed, and one of the two finalists. And we selected him.”
Zehr holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Anderson University, and an M.B.A. in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. Having spent 25 years in the business world, Zehr wants to make sure that classroom assignments, activities, and outcomes have a high degree of realism, he said.
“I have high expectations for myself, the HU business department, and its students and graduates,” Zehr said. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of some legendary faculty members and to work with the current group of talented, hardworking educators.”
Irick said he likes to see the rest of the business department faculties to bring a professional background plus some educational background in business and still be able to teach.
When asked about expectations for the program, Zehr said his goal is to use his talents, experiences, contacts, education, and energy to make the program better.
“I believe in the three Rs of education – relevance, realism, and relationships,” Zehr said. “I hope to offer education that is relevant to the needs of students, businesses, and employers.”
Zehr will get a rolling one-year contract from the university. Starting in spring semester 2015, he will be teaching two marketing classes and one management class.
“I am thrilled to be a fulltime business faculty member for Huntington University, and I look forward to building relationships with faculty, staff, and students,” Zehr said. “I’m proud to be a Forester.”