Thomas Kruczek is Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University. He assumed this role in August 2011 after serving as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Under his leadership, the Falcone Center rose considerably in the national ranking, and during his tenure was listed as the 3rd best entrepreneurship program in the country by Bloomberg/Business Week, 4th by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine, and 9th by US News and World Report.
Prior to his commitment to Syracuse University, Kruczek served as Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Under his direction, for the first time ever, the program was ranked as “one of the top 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States” by the Princeton Review/ Entrepreneur Magazine.
In addition to his successful contribution to the academic field, Kruczek also served as CEO and owner of Sun-Tek Industries, a privately-held manufacturing business selling building materials and lawn and garden products to customers across the United States.
Kruczek is also one of the founding partners of Steve Baker and Associates, a consulting firm, where he established a completely new division and worked with entrepreneurs, corporations and governments from all over the world to develop projects for the leisure and hospitality industry. His successful entrepreneurial endeavors led the effort to sell a portion of the firm to a large publicly-held company, enabling the consulting firm to significantly expand its business.
Moreover, Kruczek bought The Lodge at June Creek, located outside of Yellowstone National Park. Upon taking ownership of the property, he led a complete renovation of the resort which, in less than a year, garnered a three-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association.
Prior to his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Kruczek held a variety of positions with The Walt Disney Company in both the financial planning and marketing areas.
- B.A.: University of Notre Dame
- M.B.A.: University of Notre Dame
I believe that entrepreneurship is a subject that can be taught; in my classes I provide students a variety of different ways to be involved in the discipline. I want students to explore the entrepreneurial journey, seeing how other entrepreneurs from throughout the world embarked on creating a product or service and what it took to bring that to market. I want students to understand the steps of that journey from the formation of the idea to exit and I want them to understand the difficulty of that path. I want students to learn from other entrepreneurs, which is the reason that I bring guest speakers into classes. I want students to experience entrepreneurship, which is the reason I include experiential learning opportunities in my classes. I want students to understand that entrepreneurship is more than just the startup, which is why I include a discussion of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship in my classes. And I want students to understand that many times, we learn from when we fail, which is why I also include a discussion on failure in my entrepreneurship classes.
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Consultation with entrepreneurial organizations
- Assistance of student start-up ventures
- Assistance of community entrepreneurs
- Assistance and teaching of entrepreneurship to disabled military veterans through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities Program
- Assistance and teaching of women military veterans through the V-WISE Program (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship)