Kenneth C. Bardach

Visiting Adjunct Professor in Residence
Fundacao Dom Cabral

Kenneth C. Bardach has over 30 years experience in the fields of management education and development having held senior-level positions for a variety of leading academic and corporate enterprises.  In industry, Ken was responsible for global talent management for two premier multinational enterprises.  In his academic role, Ken directed MBA programs, Executive MBA programs and oversaw and was involved directly with the design, development, delivery, and teaching in non-degree executive programs, which typically were top-ranked in the major surveys.

Currently, Ken as an adjunct professor and senior consultant at Fundacao Dom Cabral (FDC), a leading Brazilian business school based in Belo Horizonte. In addition, he teaches, consults, and advises globally for a variety of organizations including the University of Aix-en-province, the UT-Dallas, and Aden Executives (Paris). 

Immediately prior to his work with FDC, Ken was the associate dean and Charles and Joanne Knight distinguished director of executive programs at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.  Prior to Olin, he served as the associate dean of Executive Education Programs at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University (2002-04).

Ken Bardach twice has served in leadership positions in executive education at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1973-80 and 1994-2002. He helped design, launch, teach, and direct the Executive Master’s Program in 1976 and then he oversaw all non-degree executive program and Allen Center operations at Kellogg beginning in 1994. During both periods, Ken taught extensively in degree and non-degree programs in the areas of banking and financial markets, and international finance and economics. 

Between the two stints at Kellogg, Ken served as the associate dean and director of the MBA Program at the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University (1993-1994) and as associate dean of masters’ and executive programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lally School of Management and Technology (1987-1993). At Rensselaer, he helped design and launch both the Management and Technology MBA Program and a new Executive MBA Program. He also designed and delivered custom executive programs for a broad array of companies including IBM, General Electric, and General Motors.

From 1985 to 1987, Bardach was director of the Office of Executive Programs, Boston University School of Management.  From 1984 to 1985 Ken oversaw global training and development for Harris Corporation as their director of management education and development, and he managed the Deere & Company’s management development resources from 1980-84.

Early in his career Bardach was a lecturer in economics and finance at New York University Graduate School of Business (1971-1973) where he pursued doctoral studies in economics and finance with an international concentration. He received an MBA in economics and finance from NYU and holds a BA in English from Yale University. Bardach served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Peru from 1967 to 1969.