- PhD (2000)
- Assistant Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bob Bernier is the assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In that position, he is responsible for community service and outreach, including the Nebraska Business Development Center. NBDC has been providing management and technical assistance to businesses throughout Nebraska since 1977. Dr. Bernier has been state director since 1979, the longest serving director of a business development center in the United States.
NBDC programs include the small business development center program funded by the US Small Business Administration; the procurement technical assistance program funded by the Defense Logistics Agency, US Department of Defense; the pollution prevention resource information center funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, and NBDC Professional and Organizational Development, a fee-based training service.
Dr. Bernier is also the principle investigator of a research project funded by the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute that is studying factors that contribute to success by rural communities in encouraging small business development. The research builds on a model he developed for his dissertation.
Dr. Bernier has had leadership roles on numerous UNO committees, particularly in the development of the College of Information Science and Technology. Dr. Bernier has served as president of the Association of Small Business Development Centers. He is a recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and the Equal Opportunity for Women in Business Innovation Award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – International. He received his Ph.D. in public administration and his MBA in finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his BA in journalism from Kent State University.
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