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Bila, Michael

Assistant Dean for Student Services

Executive Team; Student Services
Copeland 214B


BS, Political science
MA, Counseling

Research Interests

Student academic success and career issues.

Professional Experience

People often assume that I have a business background, which would be great if you needed me to analyze your stock portfolio or rescue a struggling company from tumbling down the abyss of mediocrity. My specialty (and the specialty of the Office of Student Services) is to make sure that the College of Business is working hard to offer the classroom and non-classroom opportunities students need in order to graduate with a meaningful business degree in the shortest amount of time possible. I do lots and lots of academic advising myself, and I work with staff and faculty advisors to be sure that they are aware of BBA degree requirements. I am also responsible for managing enrollment, recruiting, scholarships, graduation, student organizations, and student life for the undergraduate programs of the College of Business. All of this is accomplished through the hard work, creativity, and energy demonstrated every day by the very talented and capable staff that works with me in the Office of Student Services. 

My closest brush with a career in business was when I did full-time commission sales for a couple of years at Radio Shack. There I learned most of the things I really needed to know in life, including "ask for the order", "listen more than you talk", and "satisfied customers are your best customers". I have held student development positions at Ohio University, including Resident Director of Sargent Hall (1984-85; my first professional position) and Cooperative Education Coordinator for the College of Engineering and Technology from 1986-1991. I was also employed as the Associate Dean for Student Services at National-Louis University (1991-93) and as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Education at Washington State Community College (1993-96).

I invite all prospective and current students to talk with me, or any member of the Student Services staff at any time. We are located in 214 Copeland Hall. Our telephone number is (740) 593-2000 or toll free at (800) 833-0484.