Leadership transition begins at Drury’s Breech School of Business

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 21, 2015 — Dr. Robin Sronce has been named acting director of the Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University. Sronce takes over for Michael Shirley, who is leaving Drury at the end of May. Dr. James Simmerman, assistant professor of finance, will serve as acting assistant director.

The university has created an overlap in leadership to ensure a smooth transition. Sronce assumes her new duties as acting director immediately, and will become interim director on June 1. Shirley and Sronce have worked closely together throughout Shirley’s five-year tenure at Drury and they will continue to do so through the end of the school year.

Sronce, an associate professor of management, has been a Drury faculty member since 2006. She earned her undergraduate degrees in business and sociology from Drury in 1983, having studied at Breech under the tutelage of then-director Dr. W. Curtis Strube. She holds an MBA and Ph.D from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Robin Sronce

Dr. Robin Sronce

In her time on the Breech faculty, Sronce has seen her management research published in numerous journals and has taken an active role in the school’s distinctive study abroad program. She has also worked to further the school’s connections with the business community, including spearheading the annual Breech Business Week, which kicked off Monday.

“Dr. Sronce is well positioned to take the reins and lead Breech through this transitional time,” said Dr. Steven C. Combs, vice president for academic affairs. “She is a proven leader who is dedicated to advancing the mission of Breech and the university. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities.”

“I am thrilled to be able to lead an institution that has meant so much to me, first as student and now as a faculty member and mentor to our students,” said Sronce. “We have a rich tradition of creating engaged and ethical business leaders, and we will continue to carry that mission forward in a meaningful way for today’s students and employers.”

Breech Business Week will offer many opportunities to meet Dr. Sronce. A full schedule of the weeks’ events can be found online.