Dr. Michael Rich



After completing 27 years of steady advancement in industrial sales and marketing positions with such firms as Kennecott Copper, Eastman Kodak, Nordson, and Automated Packaging, Michael (Mike) left his position as Vice-President and General Manager of North-West Telecommunications to initiate a career in academe.  After securing a tenure-track position at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal), he entered and successfully completed the doctoral program in Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh at the age of 56. 


Over the past twelve years, he has been a professor of marketing at Southwest Minnesota State University, in Marshall. After developing a new undergraduate marketing course of study in 2001, he conceived, developed and currently manages the Southwest Marketing Advisory Center. He serves as a consultant for the Small Business Development Centers in Minnesota and has been a recognized national speaker for the American Marketing Association, having completed many speaking engagements throughout the U.S. on an annual basis.


Foundation Board Committee: Fundraising

Funded Scholarships: Michael and Arlene Rich Scholarship, Southwest Marketing Advisory Center Scholarship Fund