While we do have quite a few new faces on campus, both faculty and student alike, William Koehler, PhD, has been welcomed with open arms at Regis as the new Dean of the School of Business and Communication. As he was an entrepreneur, professor, and dean for other schools such as Bay State College and University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Koehler brought his many talents and experience to Regis in order to advance the School of Business and Communications towards a bright future.
Dr. Koehler has formulated some wonderful ideas for the next steps for the School of Business and Communication. He plans to strengthen the partnership between employers in the area and Regis to secure work for students, create a research center, and “expand the reach and reputation of Regis College and the SBC.” Each of these goals will further the vision of a new and improved aspect of Regis and aid in the fundamental mission of the school — to teach.
As it can be expected, teaching is high on Dr. Koehler’s priority list. He states, “When one of my former students comes back and tells me about the great job she just got, or thanks me for helping him to understand a complicated concept, I know that I have accomplished something truly meaningful!” He works hard to make sure his students succeed and does whatever he can to ensure that.
Dr. Koehler offers some advice for those students trying to be successful in the business and communication world:
“1. Get as much practical experience—internships, part-time jobs, or even volunteer opportunities—as you can while you are a student. Nothing matters as much to future employers as this!
2. Focus on building your soft skills—communication and critical thinking—above all else
3. Be professional in every interaction—in the way you communicate and dress, above all!
4. Establish a network of professional people with whom you are in regular contact—start with a LinkedIn page!”