Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., introduced Dr. John Warford as the new dean of the University’s business school this week, praising his leadership skills and character, according to a University press release.
Warford is currently serving his third term as mayor a Bismarck. This June, he will assume duties as dean of the University of Mary’s Gary Tharaldson School of Business when his term in office ends.
Warford brings a wealth of experience to his new post. During his tenure as mayor, Bismarck achieved 12 years of growth, including the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and was ranked by Forbes magazine in the nation’s top five cities for business and careers.
The University reported:
“For our faculty and students, John brings the experience of a successful businessman, keen insight, strong relationships, and most importantly, faith-filled integrity—none of which will ever be found in a textbook,” said Monsignor Shea. “For our university, John will offer a kind of leadership and character that will elevate our School of Business to the highest levels of local and global impact. In this way, John’s legacy of economic development will continue in an amplified way: by forming the next generation of ethical and hard-working business leaders. This is wonderful news for our booming state.”
Education is in Warford’s blood. Through the years he has been very involved with the University of Mary and the other Bismarck colleges. His father was a teacher and served as dean of business at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Warford envisions a much bigger role for the Gary Tharaldson School of Business by forging fully collaborative and innovative partnerships with the local business community as well as national and global entities.
“I have a passion for young people and their success. But more than anything, I want to work with faculty to help this wonderful generation of students receive the most comprehensive educational experience on a world-class level,” added Warford. “My philosophy is a holistic approach to education. It’s rooted in the values brought forth to this community in 1878 by our pioneering founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, and exemplified by our students. Business should be a force for good in society by emphasizing to our students much needed ethics, community involvement, integrity, academic excellence and personal accountability with a broad background in business and liberal arts. Then we can all be proud to be associated with and known as a premier business school, in the acclaimed tradition of Catholic higher education.”
University of Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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