Associate Dean College of Business and Organizational Leadership
Chair, MBA Program
Craig Lien’s diverse and productive thirty year career has included owning a department store, Director of Recruiting at a major executive search company, providing marketing, business strategy consulting, and corporate training for businesses and non-profits ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. A lifelong entrepreneur Lien has a special passion for working with emerging growth organizations. In addition to his faculty position at Concordia University he is President of IntercoastalElectronics.com a Web based retailer of innovative marine products. He has been a leading educator in adult cohort based programs for over twenty years at several regional universities. He has been a full time faculty member at Concordia University – St. Paul since 1999.
ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
- M.B.A., University of St. Thomas (1985)
- Haggar/NAMBAC Excellence in Retailing, University of Notre Dame (1982)
- CRM Certificate – Database Marketing Association (DMA) Orlando, FL (1997)
21st Century “Blue Ocean” Commerce, Sustainability, Personal Effectiveness Development, Ethical Leadership, Entrepreneurship, CRM, Strategic Marketing,
"After three decades I have enjoyed many business successes and grieved a few professional failures--- but as a career highlight there has been many hundreds of them. Each time and each student I have inspired to discover and unleash their true gifts and talents is a humbling highlight. We are at the dawn of unprecedented opportunities for wealth creation over the next couple of decades for the bold, confident, and innovative risk takers. I instill in people how to live their professional career life on a higher plane where life is bathed in purpose and significance not seen merely as an economic chore."