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Kos is Thiel College’s fourth Business Department Chair in 60-plus years


Kos is Thiel College’s fourth Business Department Chair in 60-plus years

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Anthony Kos, Ph.D., is beginning his second semester as just Thiel College’s fourth chair of the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting since 1956.

Kos joined Thiel College in August 2019. He takes over from Gary Witosky ’79, who remains on staff. Witosky replaced David Miller ’61 in 2016. Miller replaced James Chadwick, who chaired the department from 1956–1971.

Kos held many positions in his 32-year career in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University.  Among the positions he held included:  Special Assistant to the Dean, two stints as MBA Director, and he earned the rank of Professor in the Management Department. In addition, Kos taught internationally in the MBA program at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

 “I am extremely pleased to join Thiel College as Professor and Department Chair of Business Administration and Accounting. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to develop and launch the Thiel MBA,” Kos said. “I believe the Thiel MBA will add value to the excellent education that Thiel  graduates receive and prepare them for challenging and rewarding career opportunities.”

Kos has authored 17 refereed journal articles and has presented his research both nationally and internationally.  Kos was designated as a Distinguished Professor in the area of Service to Youngstown State University.

Kos received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Management at Kent State University in the area of macro-organizational theory (strategic management). Tony and his wife, Lisa (Swartz) Kos, have two children, Hunter and Lauren. They reside in Transfer, Pa.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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