Dr. Larry D. Strand, founding dean of the Crowell School of Business, has passed away.
Larry came to Biola out of the banking industry in 1986. In the Department of Business Administration (then part of the School of Arts and Sciences), he taught strategic management, small business management, business finance, and principles of real estate. In 1991 he was chosen as Chair of the department.
In 1993, the Department of Business Administration became the School of Business and Larry stepped in as acting dean, assuming the permanent position as Dean in 1996. Larry saw the School of Business grow to be the largest undergraduate major at Biola. During Larry’s tenure the School of Business has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs in 1997 (and reaccreditation in 2007), instituted an MBA program in 2001, and completed a new building in 2007.
Although a true and faithful alumni of USC’s MBA program, Larry continued his education while he served as dean, receiving his Ed.D. from Pepperdine in 2006. Larry loved our students and made sure that he knew as many of them as he could. Larry retired from his dean role in June 2014, but has always loved Biola and continued to be a support and help to the Crowell School of Business. He will be missed by all, but we know that he is sitting by Jesus and rejoicing. Please continue to pray for his wife Betty, his daughter Christine Logan and family, and his son John Strand and family.
Several of Larry's colleagues commented on his passing. President Corey said, "Larry Strand contributed significantly to the strength of Biola's business program during its crucial years of growth from a department to a school, and he left his mark in many ways. For his devotion to the flourishing of Biola's business students and his conviction that business as ministry matters, we are grateful."
"The foundation that Larry Strand built here at the Crowell School of Business is a foundation that includes the faculty, the building, the curriculum, and the theme 'business as ministry,'" said current Crowell dean Gary Lindblad. "It is a privilege to come and build on that foundation."
"Larry Strand, Harold Taber and Jim Canning had a major impact on my life," said Dr. Robert Harp, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Crowell. "I loved his heart for integrating Christian faith and business. Larry provided wise counsel to me when I was considering doing my doctorate, and he was supportive of the business school creating a Certificate Program in Work Life, which he, Harold, Jim and I worked on for several years. His legacy will always be a part of Biola, the Crowell School of Business, and my life. I am so grateful for our time together."
Longtime Crowell faculty Les Harman III said, “Larry was my boss for 20 years and every single day that I worked with him he was a steadfast man of God. His priorities of God, his wife, his family and then everything else, never changed, ever. This made Larry a leader who was very consistent, trustworthy, dependable and gracious. I will miss him, but find joy in the memories of the powerful way he loved God and loved others.”