Indiana Tech has named Thomas Kaplan vice president for academic affairs. He will officially begin his new role May 14. Kaplan currently serves as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a post he has held since 2015. He also previously served as the Ness Chair in Entrepreneurship and associate professor in Wittenberg’s department of business from 2009-2012 and as chair of the department of business from 2012-2015.

During his time at Wittenberg, Dr. Kaplan received Wittenberg’s Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and co-founded Wittenberg’s M.S. in Analytics program. Prior to his time there, he held faculty positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1997-2002, and at Mary Baldwin University from 2002-2006.

Kaplan earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University, an M.B.A from Baldwin-Wallace College, and a Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. While engaged in Ph.D. studies at Virginia Commonwealth, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Program Manager, and was the co-founder of the Virginia Family Business Forum, for which he served as manager of operations from 1994-1996. From 1996-1997, he served as Research Fellow at Kennesaw State University’s Family Enterprise Center.

In addition to his academic experience, Kaplan has served in leadership roles in the private sector, including work as director of operations for Bondstone Ventures and director of strategic planning for Hauser Homes Inc. He worked as a strategic business consultant with Family Business Consulting Group from 1997-2004, and has continued work as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, organizational management and innovation management since that time.

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