There are approximately 45 instructors teaching at the Minnesota School of Business-Rochester every quarter across 10 different programs. They all have different educational backgrounds, work histories and philosophies on teaching, and Sara Govrik, dean of faculty, would like to highlight one of them.
Allan Witz has been teaching business and legal sciences classes at MSB-Rochester for six and a half years. In addition to his teaching and business interests, he practices as an attorney and mediator. He is a member of the state bars of Minnesota, Florida and Michigan.
He emigrated from South Africa to the United States in 2001 and became a citizen in 2008. He left South Africa because he wanted his two daughters to have the opportunity of growing up in and becoming citizens of the United States, which he believes is the greatest country in the world.
Allan believes that education is the key to a successful future. He spent 11 years as a student, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Law degrees, a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law (company law and income tax), a Master’s Degree for International Lawyers, and a Juris Doctor degree. He also has a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline Law School’s Dispute Resolution Institute. To learn more about Allan’s credentials and law practice, visit Witz Law P.A.
Allan believes we as individuals get out of society what we put into it, and an important part of giving back is to volunteer in the community. He is currently the president of the Third District Bar Association, chair of the Third District Fee Dispute Resolution Panel, president of Mediation and Conflict Solutions (a nonprofit mediation center), vice chair of the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission, vice chair for publications of the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and a member of the board of directors of the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association.
He also volunteers for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes Program; Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, and for the Minnesota State Bar’s Legal CORPS Business Law Clinic.
With everything Allan is involved in you may be wondering what he does for relaxation. His answer: “I teach.” Allan has been blessed with the gift of being a truly exceptional instructor, and the students have nothing but positive things to say about him. We had dozens of testimonials submitted by students who have had a great experience in one or more of Allan’s courses, so we pared them down to the top five:
Allan has provided me with encouragement, inspiration and invaluable guidance that I will cherish for the rest of my life. He has inspired me to be a better student and a better person. I am truly honored to have met him and even more honored to have had him as an instructor!
-Anndrea Parsons, paralegal student
Allan was my legal terminology instructor during my second quarter at MSB. Five years later, he is the instructor that sticks in my head as an amazing teacher! He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the legal field that he was able to make legal terminology interesting, when it can be so boring.
-Krystal Enger, paralegal student
Allan is by far the best instructor I have had at MSB. His credentials are very impressive and were intimidating to me the first night of my Business Law class, but it became obvious as the weeks went on that he truly wants his students to learn and be successful. He accomplishes this by bringing things down to the student’s’ level and providing you with all of the tools he has for you to be successful. He is a great guy and a great instructor.
-Diana Hollihan, business management student
I have had Allan as a teacher for multiple classes. He is funny, passionate and professional, and truly cares that you understand the topic he is teaching. He comes up with some very good points when teaching and always has a small bit to add that may sound ridiculous to some and get a chuckle out of most, but is true.
-Kortney Miller, business administration student
Allan always kept my Business Law class interested. When I first thought about taking the class it seemed difficult, and it was, but Allan made the material understandable and interesting. He would always joke around and try to make it so the material related to us, even if that meant he had to pretend shooting his neighbor with a crossbow and telling us why it is illegal. Allan is a teacher I would recommend for anyone. He is the kind of teacher whose classes you take just because it’s Allan!
-Taylor Metcalf, business administration student
To learn more about MSB-Rochester’s paralegal program, call 507 536-9500 or email the paralegal program chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.