Becraft Appointed Edward F. Lyle Professor of Finance and Director of the Graduate Program in Business at Park University

Monday, June 2, 2014

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Dr. Michael BecraftJune 2, 2014 — Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., has been appointed Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business at Park University after serving as assistant dean for the University’s School of Business and assistant professor of management at Park’s Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center in El Paso. Becraft’s appointment took effect June 1.

Becraft, who joined Park University in 2013, will oversee the University’s Master of Business Administration program in his new role. “We are very confident that Dr. Becraft will continue the growth of our MBA program as we look at both expansion of our degree tracks and new locations across the Unites States,” said Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park’s School of Business.

He has worked in both industry and higher education with roles including developing standardized tests, serving as a corporate trainer, leading a multinational support team and academic work as both a faculty member and senior administrator. Prior to joining Park, Becraft served three years as an assistant professor of professional studies and three years as assistant vice president for academic affairs/special assistant to the provost at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

In addition to his occupational experience, Becraft holds certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Emergency Management Institute in disaster and emergency management and has held a teaching license in secondary social sciences. He recently completed a biography of Bill Gates, detailing his influence on computing, business and global development. The book will be released later this year.

Along with professional memberships in organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Becraft is actively involved with philanthropic pursuits related to microfinance, particularly through Kiva. He has provided access to capital for more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, lending personal funds in 70 different countries with a repayment rate more than 99 percent.

Becraft holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master of Arts degree in financial economics for public policy from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md.