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Tom Burzycki is the Division head for the Business major and the Business and Sports Management minors at Holy Cross College. He worked as a musician from the age of 16 up through his twenties. He paid his way through school and obtained his B.A. from Loyola University and his M.B.A. from DePaul. After earning his degrees, he worked 36 years for Corporate America before retiring. “That (retirement) lasted all of three months. I discovered I liked working. As for future retirement plans, I plan on retiring about 3 years after I’m dead.” He began adjunct teaching at Indiana University South Bend as well as Holy Cross and was a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2007, he came on as a full time business professor and business department manager for Holy Cross. “Our goal is to train business students with an understanding of disciplines to balance the living of a ‘good life,’ that comes from an education in the liberal arts, along with skill sets that the business world needs and will reward accordingly.”

Individuals completing a HC degree in business are expected to have competence, confidence, conscience, and compassion so that they become workers with a sense of pursuing business as a vocation, not just a job. They will be socially responsible leaders that act beyond just good for themselves but good for others.

Burzycki understands that, “The adjustment to life in the business world after college is significant for most graduates. When you are in college, you have a freedom to manage your time and priorities how you want. Yes, you do work hard, but you have a big social circle and time is yours to plan as you please. When you get into the workforce, other people guide and determine what to do. Your job begins to run a major portion of the time in your life.”

The work-oriented approach used in the business department classrooms focuses on training students to gain certain business area skills including those in the Micro Soft Office Suite. These elements coupled together, make wonderful opportunities for students to gain insight from the HC business curricula. Coupling the broad base of subjects with the value of a liberal arts based education creates opportunity. As Woody Allen once said, “90% of being successful in the business world is showing up.” So if you do a bit more than just that, you can be very successful. We thank Professor Burzycki for his wonderful contribution to the success of our students!