Todd Drew, Ed.D. is the Director of Graduate and College Transfer Programs and an Assistant Professor in the Baker School of Business. Before joining the BSB, he worked for over 20 years in higher education, including leadership experiences at the chair, school dean, college dean and vice president levels. He has teaching experience in a variety of different institutions including community college, extended education, open enrollment, private college, and university settings. Before his work in higher education, Dr. Drew held a variety of analyst and management positions in the K-12 education, auto manufacturing, and public transit industries. He was an active consultant in the areas of strategic and business planning, as well as organizational change and process improvement. His clients included Maine Municipal Association, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine School Administrative District # 50, and a variety of small and medium-sized privately held corporations.
Dr. Drew has a long-standing interest in extending organizational development concepts to community development initiatives. He first became interested in economic development while working as an analyst with the Central Ohio Transit Authority where he developed long-range planning models and staffed groups of community leaders tasked with making service and tax funding decisions to support community growth. As a consultant in Maine, he worked with the Maine Municipal Association, supporting community planning and development efforts related to information provision for small business support. While in Nebraska, in his role as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Peru State College, he served on the project executive committee for the Rural Innovation Grant initiative. The project was designed to prioritize industries to support and determine related workforce development needs for a twelve county area of the state. He served as Peru State’s representative to the Southeast Nebraska Partners for Progress group which was concerned with sharing development strategies across partner communities. He also worked directly with communities to provide recommendations regarding specific community development ideas. On the academic side, his interest in workforce/economic development resulted in the creation and implementation of an option in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in the Nebraska State College System’s graduate program in management, and a variety of degree completion programs.
Dr. Drew is a graduate of the doctoral program in Educational Studies at the University of Nebraska. He completed the BSBA and MBA at The Ohio State University and the MEd in student development in higher education, counseling emphasis, at University of Maine. He has completed additional graduate work in economic and statistical analysis, and strategic, operations, and human resources management. In 2010, Dr. Drew completed Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education program which was focused on the management of change in organizations. During his studies at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Drew participated in research projects sponsored by the governments of the United States and Canada. This work took him overseas to explore non-economic trade barriers in the Philippines with faculty from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). While in the Philippines, Dr. Drew made a well-received presentation on marketing information system approaches used by U.S. businesses. Dr. Drew’s interests include program development, issues and trends in higher education, organizational development, and emotional intelligence. His research has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Teacher Education and Practice, and the Higher Learning Commission Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement (best paper award).
- Ed.D., University of Nebraska
- MEd, University of Maine
- BSBA and MBA, The Ohio State University