Dr. Cassandra C. Elrod has been named interim chair of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s business and information technology (BIT) department. BIT is one of three founding departments in the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, which was established July 1 and made possible by the transformative $300 million gift from June and the late Fred Kummer, a Missouri S&T graduate. Elrod was appointed acting chair in January 2022; her appointment as interim chair took effect in early May.
Elrod, who joined the S&T faculty in 2008, is associate professor of business and information technology. In addition to teaching an array of courses in the department, she has conducted research on numerous topics, including technology applications in business, supply chain management, product and brand management, leadership, and management information systems.
“Dr. Elrod’s teaching and research gives her an unparalleled depth of experience and insight that’s critically important for the business and information technology department and the Kummer College,” says Dr. Susan Murray, acting vice provost and dean of the Kummer College. “Her proven leadership will be an important part of launching a college driven by a commitment to enhancing academics with real-world entrepreneurialism and innovation.”
In addition to teaching, Elrod served the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) in many capacities since joining the S&T faculty in 2008.
“Cassie Elrod has served as an inspiring example to S&T, reminding us of the importance of preparing our students to become the leaders of the future,” says Dr. Kate Drowne, who served as interim vice provost and dean of CASB until June 30. “I know her dedication to her students, to the college and to the university as a whole is appreciated and respected throughout the S&T community.”
She has served as the director of graduate programs, associate department chair, interim associate department chair for accreditation, and associate department chair for accreditation. In those roles she prepared applications, reports and documents and managed site visits as the department successfully sought accreditation of its degree programs from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and programs. The department was initially accredited in 2012; the accreditation was extended in 2018.
“I believe we are moving into a new era of opportunity in the business and information technology department, and across S&T as a whole, as we establish the Kummer College,” Elrod says. “As one of the three founding departments, it’s an honor to be part of a college that’s going to address real-world challenges by collaborating in innovative and entrepreneurial ways. I look forward to working closely with our faculty, students and staff during this truly transformational period.”
Elrod earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering management, all from Missouri S&T, in 2003, 2004 and 2007 respectively.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.