Chair, MBA Roundtable Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives & Executive Director of Executive Education, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Michael Koenig joined the business school as associate dean for innovation initiatives and executive director of executive education. His innovation position is a new role at Rice Business and will bring technology and transformative business education together, both internally and externally. His role in executive education will drive program and business model innovation with a focus on continuing to build a technology-enhanced portfolio of net revenue generating programs with local, national and global impact and stature. He was formerly senior assistant dean for degree programs and the first executive director of program innovation at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. As an entrepreneur, Michael has business startup experience as employee No. 4 at Logictier Inc., a Silicon Valley-based Internet infrastructure company, leading the planning and implementation of a national staffing effort that took the company from four employees to 220 employees in 20 months. Before joining Logictier, he was senior manager for professional education at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.
Managing Director, BusinessCAS
Robert Ruiz, Managing Director of BusinessCAS, joined Liaison in 2014 with 25 years of experience in the field of admission and enrollment management. He specializes in diversity-based admissions, emerging technologies, operational efficiencies and process management. Robert has held senior admission roles at Tulane University, Oklahoma State University and at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also managed several global centralized application services. Robert has an M.A. in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.