Lynn business dean shares thoughts about his time with X PRIZE founder
Published May. 16, 2012
As part of Lynn’s annual commencement preparation, the Lynn University College of Business and Management dean, Thomas Kruczek, was asked to escort the chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, during his visit to give the official commencement address to hundreds of students at Lynn University’s 2012 commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.
Diamandis launched the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE to encourage the development of private space travel, is the author of The New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and gave a TED talk in 2012 on the same theme as his book. He has also enjoyed a large amount of national media coverage recently for his newest venture to capture and harvest asteroids for valuable resources.
To prepare for his visit, dean Kruczek read Diamandis’ book and reviewed his other works. As someone who has started and sold several successful businesses, Kruczek understands the importance of innovation in business and the strength of creative problem solving. He got to discuss these concepts and more with Diamandis while he was here. These discussions, his reading of the book and Diamandis’ commencement address formed the foundation of Kruczek’s blog for the Huffington Post — the first blog by Lynn University faculty featured by the online publication’s College Blog page.
More on Kruczek:
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 rankings and is now 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.
He recently launched the Howard Isaacson Innovation Challenge to teach the university’s students how to develop an innovative idea for a new product or business, research it and pitch it to a group of investors. In addition to his academic experience, Kruczek built and sold several successful companies and spent many years at a storied American organization, The Walt Disney Company.
He can discuss America’s business culture, the economy, the role of small businesses in economic growth, the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, business ethics, women entrepreneurs, and about how higher education can help the business community.