Leila Gallagher

Grantham University has announced the selection of David Marker, Ph.D., as the Dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University.

Dr. David Marker Dean

Dr. David Marker Dean of Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business.

Lenexa, Kan. – April 22, 2016 – Grantham University has announced the selection of David Marker, Ph.D., as dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business. The university is a 65-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs to working adults and active-duty military and veteran students around the world, and focuses on providing affordable higher education for adult learners.

“I am looking forward to continuing on the path our previous dean and current associate provost, Dr. Niccole Buckley, established,” said Marker. “We have recently received accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business (IACBE).  We are also revamping our undergraduate business degrees and have recently initiated a plan for qualified students to accelerate their progress in our MBA programs. We have a true commitment to helping students achieve the level of academic success they seek.”

Marker brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position and has been a Grantham University faculty member since May 2013. Early in his professional life, he spent nearly 17 years helping to build a small business.  He then returned to school to pursue an academic career.  He received his master’s degree (Business – Organizational Behavior) and Ph.D. (Business – Organizational Theory) from the University of Kansas.

Marker is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma and has taught at large public universities and at small private schools.  He has consulted in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with multi-national corporations, small-local businesses, and non-profit organizations.   His area of expertise is in strategy development and implementation, business intelligence, organizational design, and executive counselling. Dr. Marker has lectured, presented research papers in many different countries and completed 16 publications (including books, chapters, and journal articles).

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, and prior to joining Grantham University, he spent more than 12 years working at the École Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) - Clermont Ferrand, France.  While at the ESC-Clermont, he earned tenure, was promoted to full professor, was director of several master’s programs, and was dean of a faculty of more than 50 full-time professors and more than 100 adjunct professors.  The school earned AACSB accreditation and was consistently ranked by The Financial Times among the top business schools in Europe.

Cheryl Hayek, Ed.D, interim university president and provost said, “We are pleased to announce Dr. Marker in his new role. He is well-respected at Grantham and by his peers in the business school community. His knowledge and expertise is an asset to our faculty, students and the university as a whole.”

About Grantham University: With 2016 marking the University’s 65th birthday, Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.