Summer 2008 |
Who: David Ho
Academic Program: Business
Classes taught: Introduction to Business, Principles of
Marketing, Principles of Supervision, Production & Operations
Hobbies: Higher education organizations, being a grandpa
to 3-year-old twins, numismatics (collecting coins, tokens and paper money)
Manufacturing management and service to higher education may not sound like
a natural fit, but for MCC instructor David Ho, the connection is more than
natural, it´s part of his story. Ho is in his 15th year teaching
business at MCC, just one stop in a career of continual improvement and
Ho´s career was born out of the marriage of two of his favorite
school subjects: math and science. This led to his start in industrial
engineering and then a move into management. He worked in the manufacturing
industry for 22 years, serving as vice president of manufacturing, vice
president of operations and a member of the board of directors for a
manufacturing corporation. After this success, why would someone leave to
"All of my previous business career was in manufacturing, and one
could see a tough business climate continuing," Ho said. "So it made
sense to do something that I could be competent in and give back in my own
And give back he did. Ho´s corporate background and drive translated
into a passion for service to higher education.
He is currently the president of the Association of Collegiate Business
Schools and Programs, an international business accreditation organization
with nearly 600 institutional members. He´s also a member of the Board
of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association, the largest regional accrediting agency in the U.S. that covers
19 states and roughly 1,100 institutions.
"In my prior business career, continuous quality improvement was the
name of the game; get better in everything we did or lose the war to the
competition," Ho said. "My involvement in higher education is
focused on assessment and accreditation matters, which is synonymous with
continuous quality improvement in my book."
Ho´s passion and professionalism hasn´t gone unnoticed at the
College. MCC dean of business Daryl Hansen said that like most faculty, Ho is
dedicated to his students´ learning and committed to presenting course
material in a way that recognizes individualities of learners. Ho brings humor
to the serious side of the classroom and is willing to take risks in
presenting in the classroom setting.
"If Dave stopped at this level, he would be a very fine instructor;
however, he reaches out further to his colleagues at the College, at peer
institutions and within the profession," Hansen said.
"Dave is well-known for being well-informed and gracious; a really
nice guy to know," Hansen said. And perhaps that´s the thing that
brings Ho his excellent reputation in the classroom and the same thing that
contributed to his success in business and elsewhere.