UNK Announces new Dean of the College of Business and Technology, and New Director of International Education

Dr. Charlie Bicak
senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 308.865.8209

UNK – Officials at the University of Nebraska at Kearney have announced the selection of a new dean for the College of Business and Technology and a new director of International Education.

Dr. Tim Burkink, who has served as associate dean of the College of Business and Technology since 2004 and as acting dean since last October, has been selected to fill the position of dean of the College of Business and Technology. Dr. Burkink joined the UNK faculty in marketing in 2001. Before coming to the campus, he taught at Arizona State University for three years and at Chadron State College for one year.

Among his professional interests are the packaged goods industry, consumer behavior and Internet sales. He has published more than 20 peer reviewed manuscripts and trade articles based on his research. His work has earned him awards from the College of Business and Technology in the areas of teaching, mentoring, scholarship and service. He holds B.S., M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

“Dr. Burkink brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to excellence to the dean’s position, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new capacity,” said UNK Chancellor Douglas Kristensen.  

Dr. Dallas Kenny has been named the new director of International Education for UNK. He comes to the campus from St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., where he has been associate vice president for Global Programs. Before joining St. John’s University, he served as director of International Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences/College of General Studies in Philadelphia. In addition, he was the associate provost for Global Education and director of the Foreign Language Technology Center at Wayne State University in Detroit.

“Dr. Kenny’s significant involvement in strategic planning for expansion of global education, marketing for study abroad programs and development of a language institute will be valuable assets,” said Dr. Charlie Bicak, UNK senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Kenny, whose native language is English, is fluent in three Arabic dialects and conversant in Japanese.

While at Wayne State University, Dr. Kenny secured external funding to develop several international “bridge” programs with a broad a range of university and community partners. Among these were partnerships with Japan, Germany, Mexico, China and India, all of which continue to thrive.

Both appointments are pending final approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.