The new business dean at Baker College wants to build partnerships with companies around the state to boost the curriculum and give students real-world experiences as they earn their degrees.
Having businesses and nonprofit organizations move an office onto each of Baker College’s nine campuses could create a “learning by doing” setting for students, said Cleamon Moorer, the dean of the school’s College of Business. Students could work in teams with the partnering business, he said.
“I want to move away from so much lecture-based, theory, dialogue and discussion to make our classroom experience more like a laboratory by bringing in established businesses to reside at each campus,” Moorer said. “All throughout the system, I want to have real, live, breathing businesses so that students can engage with them through externships and classroom projects. We can teach them accounting in the classroom, but it’s much more informative if they’re doing an accounting budget to build a house or doing an accounting budget for a new product or a new service offering.”
Beyond getting involved more with business locally, Moorer also envisions reaching out to other business schools to form strategic alliances for international business.
Moorer started in mid May as the dean at the College of Business at the Flint-based Baker College, which in Western Michigan includes two campuses in Muskegon, plus Fremont, Cadillac and Coldwater. He previously served for two years as business dean at Madonna University in Livonia, and before that was a professor at Kettering University in Flint, teaching strategy, business analytics and international business.
The opportunity to work at a larger college and elevate its business school drew Moorer to the position at Baker College, which has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students, about 7,500 of whom are enrolled in the College of Business.
“It’s really primed to be a national player on the higher ed scene,” he said.
A Detroit native, Moorer holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Kettering University, an MBA and a Master of Science in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., and a Doctor of Business Administration in management from Argosy University in Orange, Calif.
He’s also has been a management consultant, business executive and telecommunications engineer and was among the 2014 class of “40 under 40” business leaders named by Crain’s Detroit Business.
“Dr. Moorer is a uniquely gifted and energetic addition to Baker College,” stated Baker College System President and CEO Bart Daig. “He is a collaborator, a committed educator and mentor, and he understands firsthand the challenges associated with pursuing college and career.”
Baker College offers associate, bachelor and master’s business degrees at each of its campuses in Michigan and Redding, Pa., as well as online.