Johnson University welcomes Dr. Catherlyn Brim as the new dean of the School of Business & Public Leadership. Brim will oversee the School's faculty and staff while directing the creation and implementation of programs and initiatives across the University's three campuses. She will also serve as a professor in the School, which graduated its first class of doctoral students in Leadership Studies last month.
Brim brings nearly 20 years of academic leadership to the position. She began her career in the United States Air Force and made the transition into education because of her passion for empowering future leaders. Brim graduated magna cum laude from Saint Leo University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration -- Management, and went on to earn an MBA from Webster University in Orlando, Florida. She completed her Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Brim will be based at Johnson University Florida in Kissimmee. Rachel Nawrocki, program director for Business Administration, will relocate from Kissimmee to Johnson University Tennessee in Knoxville.
"I am excited to be joining Johnson University as dean and professor of the School of Business & Public Leadership. The field of business has been my passion for over 18 years; I am appreciative of the opportunity to continue my ministry in this context," said Brim.
A gifted educator, Brim has been teaching in Johnson University's MBA program and has been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Foundation's Professor of the Year Award. She has received multiple awards from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida, where she was the dean of the School of Business for two years and has taught for the last 19 years.
University President Dr. Gary Weedman said, "In this season of innovation, Johnson University will greatly benefit from Dr. Brim's impressive teaching record and leadership experience."