Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professor of Family Business, Stetson University
Dr. Thomas V. Schwarz is the new dean of Stetson University's School of Business Administration, joining the university from California State University Fullerton, where he was the Rick Muth Family Endowed Chair in Family Business. Tom has extensive experience in both higher education and business and is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the fields of family business and entrepreneurship.
Tom held an endowed professorship in Family Business at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business Administration for three years before joining Stetson. Before that he was director for nine years of the Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI) and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Since 2002, he has also served as a visiting professor of entrepreneurship at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Decision Sciences Graduate Program, in Athens, Greece.
He earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in finance from Florida State University and also attended FSU for his MBA and undergraduate degrees. He completed post-doctoral studies in international business at the University of South Carolina and in family business advising at the Family Firm Institute.
Prior to joining Grand Valley in 2000, Tom worked in senior management and as treasurer for a family-owned manufacturing business and as an entrepreneur/owner of several other family firms. He taught finance at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and also held positions with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and in the futures industry in Chicago.