The similarities of higher-ed and police work do not end with the skill set Roush developed. And there are things he misses about putting on the old dress blues. He says he worked in a team environment that often had to make quick decisions in highly volatile situations. But the common denominator seems to be the service to the community. “We all have a philosophy,” he says. “We exist for others. Now I exist for students and faculty.”
To that end, Roush helps recruit the best students to attend the MBA program, which, in turn, creates an environment for shared success between those students and the faculty. “This is not a difficult brand to sell,” Roush says. “Purdue means excellence in business and leadership.”
To maintain that competitive edge, Krannert recently revamped its Weekend MBA program, reducing the length by 40 percent, from 35 to 21 months, while adding elective courses, greater leadership and career training and participation in an international business trip.
Under the new format, students meet on Fridays and Saturdays every other week. Classes begin this August and students who successfully complete the program will graduate in May 2015. Under the old format, students met only on Saturdays and followed a three-year curriculum.
The new format will offer Weekend MBA students greater integration with the full-time MBA program and other professional master's programs at Krannert, Roush says, as well as provide additional experiential learning and professional networking opportunities for students.
By engaging with companies and taking a holistic look at potential students — beyond GMAT scores to include life and work experience — Roush is helping to improve the Krannert experience. That’s critical to long-term success. He’s particularly proud of his opportunity to work with the Krannert faculty, who he says produce the intellectual and research properties that bolster the school’s reputation.
As for the adrenaline rush associated with his former police career, Roush seems to be easing pleasantly into his leadership role with a new group of weekend warriors — those in hot pursuit of a Purdue MBA.