Dr. Michael Nastanski Named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Saint Leo

May 12, 2015

Dr. Michael Nastanski has been named the new vice president of Academic Affairs, effective July 1. He will succeed Dr. Maribeth Durst, who is retiring after more than 36 years at Saint Leo. Dr. Balbir Bal will move from his position as associate dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business to become dean.

Dr. Nastanski has been with Saint Leo University since 2002, when he joined the university as professor of management and marketing. In 2005, he became dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo, and in 2012 began also serving as associate vice president of International Affairs. As dean, Dr. Nastanski applied his vast industry knowledge by developing a strategy for the Tapia School of Business that aligns Saint Leo’s programs with industry partners and their needs. The mission for the school is to provide a business education that develops values-based leaders with applied skills, including technology, which will have an immediate and positive impact on the organizations they join.

Before joining Saint Leo, Dr. Nastanski was executive director of Global Business Development and Marketing for Elcotel, Inc., and held senior executive positions in Schlumberger, an international energy company where he directed research and development in Paris, as well as implementation into North American operations. Prior to the role at Schlumberger, he was program manager for the M1 Abrams tank at General Dynamics and led significant manufacturing and quality program initiatives at Massey Ferguson, a global provider of industrial and farm equipment.

Dr. Nastanski holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota. He has completed several executive education programs at Harvard, examining the latest principles in executive leadership, innovation, and change management. He is the author of numerous publications including From Shanghai to Mumbai (Kendall-Hunt Publishing), a book that focuses on Asian business dynamics, and is a featured speaker at international conferences, as well as on television and radio broadcasts in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

“I am honored to have been appointed vice president of Academic Affairs,” said Dr. Nastanski. “The opportunity to continue to improve Saint Leo’s academic achievements, including developing values-grounded graduates, is exciting and critical to the organizations and communities they will serve. I look forward to collaborating with all members of the community in making Saint Leo the leading Catholic teaching university of the 21st century.”

Dr. Balbir Bal joined Saint Leo in 1999 as associate professor of computer information systems after teaching in higher education in England for 22 years. He obtained his Master of Science in biochemical engineering from the University of Wales and his Ph.D. in computer science from Aston University in England.

Dr. Bal is a full professor of computer information science and chaired the Department of Computer Information Systems and Accounting from 2006 to 2009. He has served as associate dean of the Tapia School of Business since 2009.