New Webster Dean Not All Business Dittrich Is `Humanistic'

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Webster University has a new dean on the way for its School of Business and Management, and he plans to continue Webster's tradition of teaching business with a human face.

Business "needs people not just with knowledge, but with skills - people who can speak on their feet and write cogently," said dean John E. Dittrich.

The university will announce today that Dittrich will assume his new job in May. Dittrich is now dean of the T. Boone Pickens College of Business at West Texas State University.

Webster's business and management programs have recently been reorganized and Dittrich's position is newly created.

He holds a doctorate in administrative theory and organizational behavior from the University of Washington-Seattle, and an MBA from Harvard University.

"My interest has been in the behavior of managers," Dittrich said.

Dittrich said his philosophy of teaching business and management "is a more humanistic approach. It is not less interested in the bottom line."

Dittrich said that teaching students the basics of business and management is easy. The more difficult goal is to teach them to learn.

"We will be able to prepare them for the first job," he said. "That is not difficult to do." More important is to inspire a life-long interest in learning, he said, and "if they return to school three or four times in their lives, good."

Webster has a reputation for tolerance, an affection for the liberal arts.

Do Webster students really want to learn about debt-equity ratios and recapitalization strategies? …