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Faculty Profile: Bob Trebar

Robert Trebar is a Lake Erie professor and the dean of the School of Business. The Cleveland-native earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University and is currently in the final stage of completing his PhD in Higher Education Policy and Administration from University of Toledo. Prior to joining the LEC faculty, Trebar was a part of the start-up team of the medical device company Biomec, Inc. as senior vice-president of marketing and sales, and he also held positions at Philips Medical Systems in the Netherlands, Brush Wellman, Inc. and British Petroleum Ltd. He also serves on the board of directors of two bio-technology ventures and has spoken and consulted globally on the subject of the commercialization of new medical technology. In 2007 Trebar was honored as the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Marketing and Sales Executive of the Year Award provided by the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland group. He was only the second educator in the award’s 51-year history to receive this honor.


At LEC, Professor Trebar teaches classes in Strategic Management on the graduate level, and Critical Thinking Through Controversy: the Pursuit of Happiness first-year seminar for the Business and Entrepreneurship Learning Community—a rare opportunity for the students involved in this Learning Community to take the class with the dean of the school of business.

Why did you choose LEC?

I was teaching part-time at a number of local colleges and universities during my years in business and loved every minute of it. I was the fortunate beneficiary of a true liberal arts education, which served me well over my business career and in my personal life. When the opportunity came up to be part of an institution with LEC’s history, psychologically, it was like "going back home.”

Why do you love your discipline?

Strategy can apply to so many things in life. It can help you create a profitable new business, more effectively serve the less fortunate, win a ballgame or a political campaign, repair a relationship, or build a career. Once you (or an organization) decide what you want to be, there is a conceptual framework that can help create a path to get there. The best part is that whole process is such a mess – understanding what you really want, making choices to leave other options behind, and having both the discipline to stay the course and the wisdom to quit when that path isn't working -- is not an easy thing. However, few things have such a potentially large impact.

Tell us how you got involved with the Learning Communities, and what do you see as the biggest benefit of a LC membership to the students?

When I learned about the purpose of the Lake Erie Learning Communities, I knew I wanted to get involved. The process of personal development that a student can undergo in college can be so much more than just completing a list of course requirements and signing up for some extracurricular. Something has to knit this whole thing together. For our students, exploring an interesting topic alongside others who have similar interests--and enriching that experience with some fun experiences outside of the classroom--can only help a student feel at home here, form new relationships, see that professors are real people, too. Most of all, the LC is the "kick-start” of an adventurous process of self-discovery to help you make good choices about your future.

What was your favorite moment from the events your Learning Community was participated in last year?

We had a great time visiting an exciting entrepreneurial venture called Cleveland Whiskey ---a very cool start-up company that was founded by a Lake Erie professor, nonetheless! We got a chance to see first-hand how finding a problem to solve, exercising some critical thinking and creativity and building a team, can lead to business and personal success. Plus, those of us of legal age got to sample the product!

Tell us how you got involved with the Learning Communities, and what do you see as the biggest benefit of a LC membership to the students?

When I learned about the purpose of the Lake Erie Learning Communities, I knew I wanted to get involved. The process of personal development that a student can undergo in college can be so much more than just completing a list of course requirements and signing up for some extracurricular. Something has to knit this whole thing together. For our students, exploring an interesting topic alongside others who have similar interests--and enriching that experience with some fun experiences outside of the classroom--can only help a student feel at home here, form new relationships, see that professors are real people, too. Most of all, the LC is the "kick-start” of an adventurous process of self-discovery to help you make good choices about your future.

What was your favorite moment from the events your Learning Community was participated in last year?

We had a great time visiting an exciting entrepreneurial venture called Cleveland Whiskey ---a very cool start-up company that was founded by a Lake Erie professor, nonetheless! We got a chance to see first-hand how finding a problem to solve, exercising some critical thinking and creativity and building a team, can lead to business and personal success. Plus, those of us of legal age got to sample the product!

 
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