Minnesota School of Business, Blaine campus’s new accounting program chair may as well be called the super-woman of Minnesota School of Business-Blaine. Catherine (Kate) Rice has taught 28 different classes in the three years she’s been here. She started as an adjunct instructor in January 2010, and became full-time in January of 2011. She’s taught classes in finance, economics, business, marketing, human resources, and hospitality. Her new role began on January 16.
Before coming to MSB, Kate worked for a consulting company that created management and training manuals on OSHA topics that were published for resale as well as consulted in management, and health and safety instruction as a Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor. She also created management and leadership training seminars, in which she presented for a large conglomerate company in Qatar.
“Becoming the accounting program chair is a natural extension with my finance degree, since accounting and finance go hand in hand,” said Kate. “The new role will be a challenge, but I know many of the accounting students already because many of the business classes I teach are required for accounting students.”
Kate has an MBA in finance and risk management, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in finance. She is a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon, which is a national honor society for management. Only eight out of 800 business professionals were selected for this honor that year. Currently, Kate is working on her Certification in Fraud Examination (CFE). She also is the faculty advisor for the Collegiate DECA chapter at the Blaine campus.
Kate doesn’t have much spare time outside of work. This will be her sixth year as the regional cookie director for the Girl Scouts. She has four kids, five horses, one colt, two dozen chickens, four dogs, cats, and lives on 10 acres in Elk River. She likes to cook and garden.
Kristine McBride, Dean of Faculty, is very excited to have Kate in this new role. “Kate has done amazing things at our campus, not only with DECA, but with all of her classes and the students,” she noted. “She is definitely our technical specialist in many areas, including finance. I’m very excited she’s accepted this role, and look forward to the great things she will bring to our campus.”