Klock Takes on Double Duty on Campus

By Hannah Mueoz

Dr. David Klock, dean of the College of Business Administration,
had also agreed to become dean of the Collins Restaurant and
Hospitality School this past fall.

President Michael Ortiz and Provost Tomas Morales have requested
that Klock perform both jobs. Recently, he agreed to remain the
Collins School dean through the 2008/2009 academic year.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but life is hard work,” said Klock. “A
mentor of mine once told me ‘success in life is 95 percent
perspiration and 5 percent inspiration.'”

He has already experienced the fast- paced work life because he
remained CEO of Comp Benefits Corporation, a company covering
dental and vision insurance, for 12 years, which was located in
Atlanta, Georgia.

He and his wife built the company from scratch, and raised the
revenue from nothing to $300 million.

“We accomplished everything we set out to do, so now we figured
it was time to enjoy life,” said Klock. “No one should be CEO of a
company for more than 10 years because then you start to repeat
yourself.”

He experienced many chapters in his life. He grew up in the
Boston area, but later moved to the University of Illinois to
attend graduate school. In the 1970s, he taught at Virginia Tech
for three years, served on the board of the University of Florida,
and later was the financial chair at the University of Central
Florida.

It was then, in 1990 that he decided to begin his own company,
Comp Benefits. He did this for 12 years, and when this chapter in
his life was completed, he decided to return to academia.

This is when he realized that it was “time for a change.”

Klock then moved to Southern California specifically to fill the
role as dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly
Pomona. There were many job opportunities for Klock, but he wished
to return to academia and was concerned about fulfilling the
school’s mission.

“I started looking to come back to academia because it was about
giving back now,” said Klock. “I was looking for a mission rather
than the money.”

Although Klock works 60 hours a week in his current position at
Cal Poly Pomona, he finds his life less stressful and more
rewarding than his past CEO job. Between the Collins School and the
College of Business Administration there are 5,600 students, and he
feels privileged to be able to help touch their lives.

“[Dr. Klock] is a wonderful person to work with. He has tireless
energy and amazes me with his work ethic. He is tremendous,” said
Marsha Madison, office administrative assistant of the Collins
School.

Dr. Klock refuses to take all the credit for himself.

“The reason I’m able to do both jobs is because we have a great
team- the faculty members, the assistant deans, department chairs-
they all help it run,” said Klock. “No one person can run a
college. The thing I’m proudest of is the great team we have.”

“All the faculty are first rate and they are all excited about
the mission- if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be here because
otherwise, they would go somewhere else to make more money,” said
Klock.

His mission within his job is to keep recruiting faculty members
because many faculty members are retiring, and to build and retain
quality faculty.

Klock realizes that students do not look for schools that have
impressive deans, they look for schools with quality faculty
members. Therefore, he is responsible for recruiting quality
faculty members at his school.

This is his mission, and everything else comes secondary to
him.

“My number one mission [is] student learning and strong
faculty,” said Klock.

Klock seems to balance both jobs well and display strong
characteristics and a motivated personality. He describes himself
as “mission focused and hard working.”

“It is a lot of work on his part, but if he can handle it, then
that’s fine because I haven’t noticed any changes,” said Stephanie
Ida, second-year hospitality and restaurant management student.

According to Polycentric, Provost Tomas Morales said, “David did
an exceptional job this past year in balancing his responsibilities
with the two colleges and making sure that we did not lose any
momentum.”

Hannah Munoz can be reached by e-mail at news@thepolypost.com or
by phone at (909) 869-3747.

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