Dean, College of Business, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti. After working as an investment banker and a corporate treasurer for six years, Mielke joined academia in 1980. During part of his 19 years at Marquette University in Milwaukee, he served as dean and started an international business program. He then served as dean of the College of Business at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) until 2004, when he moved to EMU. Mielke has been involved in energy projects, economic development, and international partnerships since the mid-1980s. He developed and funded the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, the first gold “LEED” building in Michigan and the nation’s first to integrate a fuel cell, photovoltaics, and a nickel metal hydride battery storage system. While at GVSU, he brought the federal Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center state headquarters there. After reorganizing the state system, he successfully led Michigan’s effort to become the second state in the country designated as a Small Business and Technology Development Center network. In the past two years, he has signed 10 partnership agreements with universities in Korea, China, India, Pakistan, and Yemen to bring students to EMU supported by scholarship programs. Under his leadership, the College of Business has also started the first human resources graduate degree in China. In addition, EMU has launched an undergraduate degree in international business, a supply chain management undergraduate major and minor, the first online integrated marketing communication graduate program at any business school in the country, new entrepreneurship programs, the first “Ethos Week” and “Ethos Honor Society” in the country to promote ethics education, and the first partnership with Google to offer an Adwords academic program that has now developed campaigns for more than 25 nonprofits in Michigan. He serves on the executive board of Ann Arbor SPARK, an economic development organization; the business attraction committee for the Aerotropolis; and the board of the Washtenaw Economic Club. Mielke has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lawrence University, an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.