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Kucinski Named HSU Dean of Graduate Studies

By Janlyn Thaxton



Hardin-Simmons University will soon have a new dean of graduate studies. Dr. Nancy Kucinski has been named to the post by HSU president, Dr. Lanny Hall. “Dr. Kucinski is well prepared to lead the administration of graduate programs at Hardin-Simmons University,” says Hall.“She has spent most of the last decade teaching at the graduate level and has broad expertise in organizational management and administration,” Hall says. {{more}}A search committee, chaired by Dr. Tommy Brisco, dean of the Logsdon School of Theology and recently named as HSU’s chief academic officer, provided the president with a short list of candidates from which Kucinski was chosen. Brisco says, “Dr. Kucinski brings a passion and vision for graduate level education that will serve the university well in the years ahead.”Brisco adds, “Dr. Kucinski’s academic background and experience in graduate education have prepared her for this important role at Hardin-Simmons University.” Kucinski serves as a professor of management in the Kelley College of Business and has been at HSU since 2001. She is the director of the Acton MBA degree, a progressive entrepreneur program taught by practicing business leaders and company executives. She is also the director of all other master’s level business administration programs at HSU. She is the Hemphill Chair of Business and an author. She is currently working on developing a case study book about women entrepreneurs. She replaces Dr. Gary Stanlake, who is retiring as the dean of graduate studies after nine years, but plans to continue in his position as professor of biology this fall.Kucinski holds two doctoral degrees, one in international management studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and the other from Texas Tech University in political science. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with areas of study in public policy and airport administration from Texas Tech University. She is also a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, earning her BBS in political science and speech communications in 1983.As a professor of post-graduate level courses, Kucinski specializes in strategic management, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, public policy, legislative processes, and organizational management. As the dean of graduate studies, she will oversee doctoral degrees in ministry and physical therapy, and master’s degrees in business administration, environmental management, counseling and human development, kinesiology/sports and recreation, nursing, English, music, family psychology, history, and education.Kucinski has conducted workshops in business leadership and business case studies at Baylor University and Mary Hardin-Baylor University. She conducts statistics workshops for diagnosticians from public schools in Region 14, and has worked as a consultant for the Abilene Library Consortium.Kucinski has taught at the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Dallas, and has served on the faculty of Collin County Community College. She has also taught courses in international management at Fachhochshule Urstein, Austria. Dr. Hall says, “We are fortunate to have a person of her caliber and character ready for this significant leadership position at HSU.”Kucinski comes from a family of academicians. Her father, Dr. Ray Ellis, was a professor at Howard Payne University and is emeritus professor of Greek for HSU. He also served for many years in the position she will now hold. Her brother Bob Ellis is the associate dean for Logsdon Seminary, the Phillips Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at HSU, and her brother Bill Ellis is HSU’s former chief academic officer and is currently president of Howard Payne University.

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