UND’s longest-serving current dean, Dennis Elbert, will give 23rd Annual Robinson Lecture April 23


Kate Menzies

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Chester Fritz Library


The Chester Fritz Library invites the University of North Dakota and Grand Forks communities to attend the 23rd Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

Dr. Dennis (Denny) Elbert, the longest serving dean at UND, will draw on his many years of service and his diverse experiences for his presentation, From the Cupola to Classroom and Boardroom. A reception follows the presentation.

About Dean Elbert:

Dennis J. Elbert was appointed dean of the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) at UND in July, 1997. A longtime UND faculty member, Elbert served as a professor of marketing and, for many years, as director of the UND Small Business Institute (SBI), in which he worked with 20 to 25 businesses each year. He is involved in University and community service, consulting, research and seminar work.

Elbert has served or is serving on several Boards of Directors including Noridian Insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota), Noridian Administrative Services, Altru Health Systems, United Health Resources, Simmons Advertising, YMCA, Newman Parish, Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank Advisory Committee, Cirrus Industries, Northern Lights Executive Council Boy Scouts of America, Edgewood REIT and Gate City Bank. Elbert has recently been appointed to serve on the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Board, recognizing the highest honor in business education.

An enthusiastic and highly motivating speaker and facilitator, Elbert has offered more than 600 seminars throughout the Midwest and Canada in the past 25 years. Additionally, Elbert has authored or coauthored more than 75 papers, monographs, textbooks cases and published articles.

Dean Elbert has two degrees from UND, a BSBA ('68) and an MS in Marketing ('72), and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia ('76).

A veteran of Vietnam and Cambodia, Elbert earned Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Oak-leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal and other military awards. A UND Reserve Officer Training Corps graduate, Elbert retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. Today both UND Army and Air Force programs report to Elbert.

About the Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture:

The Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Professor Robinson's publication, "A History of North Dakota." Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the UND History faculty. The Lecture, together with the Chester Fritz Library's compilation of a bibliography of faculty and staff publications and creative activity, is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of the UND community.