Alumna Named Dean of Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Congratulations to Melissa Gruys, ’00 PhD-HRIR, who was named as the new dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business. She assumed her duties on July 1.  Below is a news release on her appointment:

Melissa Gruys Takes on Role as Dean of the Doermer School of Business

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Melissa. L. Gruys, Ph.D. SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has been named as the new dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business. She assumed her duties on July 1.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining IPFW and the Doermer School of Business,” said Gruys. “The focus on student success here by the faculty, staff, and administration aligns well with my professional and personal values. As a first generation college student, I strongly support IPFW’s mission to provide access to education to the citizens of northeast Indiana and beyond.”

At Wright State University she shepherded accreditation activities, curriculum efforts, and new program creation. As part of that, she developed a Human Resources Certificate program that serves current students while also allowing members of the business community to pursue the certificate as non-degree students.

Gruys has a long history of positive relationship building with community partners and stakeholders. In the last four years, she supervised Wright State University Human Resource Management majors in extensive projects for more than 30 community partner organizations, providing over 6,000 hours of consulting by faculty and students.

Said Gruys, “I look forward to developing strong relationships with other units on campus and with the business community that will benefit all stakeholders—students, faculty, and staff, the campus community, alumni, and the business community.”

Gruys earned a B.A. in management, economics, and communication from the University of Minnesota-Morris, and a Ph.D. in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. She has taught courses in human resource management, management, and organizational behavior and has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service activities.

Gruys has been married to her husband, Scott, for 23 years. Together they have two children, Hannah (13) and John (11), who will be attending Northwest Allen County Schools this fall.

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