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Gert-Jan de Vreede Leads Muma College of Business Through Empathetic Leadership – The Oracle

As a child, Gert-Jan de Vreede, interim dean of Muma Business College, who coded stickers on his computer, always had a passion for finding solutions. ORACLE PHOTO/Alexandra Urban

As well as leading the Muma College of Business, Interim Dean Gert-Jan de Vreede enjoys listening to music, especially tracks and records in the progressive rock genre.

One of the things that draws de Vreede to music is its ability to organize sounds to achieve different goals. According to de Vreede, some tracks use layered instrumentation to build big crescendos, while others use longer running times to tell the story.

His favorite album, British rock band Genesis’ 1983 self-titled LP, de Vreede says found new ways to polish the sound of progressive rock. Although aesthetically different from classical music, de Vreede admires that its quality composition pays tribute to the genre while building new ways of creating rock music tracks. said.

De Vreede may not be a professional musician or rock star himself, but he says he’s always had an affinity for quality songwriting. During his own career, de Vreede has worked organizing people and systems to perform specific tasks. This is similar to how composers arrange instruments to achieve a particular sound.

has his Ph.D. According to de Vreede, it involves understanding what needs to be achieved in the field of information systems to achieve the desired level of quality and efficiency.

After attending university in his native Netherlands, de Vreede began his studies in system administration. He eventually realized that research could be better done in a community of people while helping them organize their tasks to reach their goals, instead of doing it alone.

“I found it fun to do my own research, but even more fun to do it with a group of people who are passionate about the research topic,” says de Vreede. . “I became more and more involved in organizing things so that we could work together as a team.”

De Vreede turned to the United States after being invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Nebraska Omaha. It wasn’t until he gained leadership experience there that he was asked to come to his USF as interim dean of the Manatee College of Business in Sarasota in 2018.

What all de Vreede roles have in common is our joy in facilitating the roles of others and figuring out how people can excel. Eric Doouthirt, director of his MBA program at the Muma College of Business, says part of de Vreede’s skill lies in his ability to foster a healthy work environment.

Outside of casual conversations about rock music and work, Doutsert said, de Breed is always aware of how his colleagues are behaving on a personal level. According to Douthirt, De Vreede makes no effort to check on his peers before jumping into work.

“[De Vreede] He cares so much about the people he works with, he cares so much about the students, he really sets the personal culture first and we all rely on each other. He has an amazing ability to do both, but at the same time, he understands that we are all human.”

De Vryde’s promotion to interim dean was a clear move for the university, Dousert said. Dowsert said he will only add momentum to the college, considering De Vryde’s innate ability to get the most out of his team and always see things through.

“That culture [de Vreede] Create promotes meeting those expectations. Almost unsurprisingly, you don’t stress too much to achieve what you want,” he said. “He is decisive. .”

I feel uncomfortable talking to university deans, but accounting professor Jacqueline Lek says one of the reasons de Fried is a good leader is because he’s approachable. Lek said his effective leadership makes everyone work very hard, but he’s still just like everyone else.

“He’s just a normal person… It’s kind of the way our culture is here, it’s our environment,” Lek said. It reminds me that he understands that there is more to work than that, and that makes him even more human than before.”

For de Vreede, being interim dean is just a broader opportunity to do what he loves: working together for a common goal. He said the position is a tough job, but it’s a privilege to be able to maintain the momentum of the university and pursue ambitious initiatives.

“It’s really nice to be in a situation where you can make a difference because if you make things easier for everyone, everyone benefits,” he said.

“If you just take it easy on yourself, you are the only one who will benefit from it. I am happy to know.”