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New AT Dean Seeks to Innovate Alongside Industry

When John Bronisz begins his new position as dean of the School of Applied Technologies on May 7, he plans to focus on innovative ways that will prepare programs for continued success and growth.

Aug 30, 2016

May 2012

When John Bronisz begins his new position as dean of the School of Applied Technologies on May 7, he plans to focus on innovative ways that will prepare programs for continued success and growth.

As a seasoned pro in the automotive technology world, and a former student of CNM, Bronisz knows that it's important to keep up with the latest industry trends to ensure CNM student are learning the cutting edge skills in their fields.

"I'd like to continue to grow our existing programs and I will work with faculty and our industry partners to ensure we keep up with changes in the various industries," he said. "We will also be attentive to innovative ways in which we can expand our offerings. I want to build on our successes and maintain CNM and AT's standing as the college of choice for the programs we offer."

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe says he is very confident that Bronisz will provide great leadership for AT.

"John's passion for AT faculty, staff and students will be a great asset to the school," he said. "John's enthusiasm for AT will be key to the school's future success and growth."

Bronisz's history with CNM precedes his professional career. He was formerly a CNM student, completing the automotive program in 1982 before working in the industry for a number of years. In 1991, he also graduated from CNM with a Liberal Arts degree.

"When I was ready to choose a college, I looked at some proprietary schools, but realized CNM (then TVI) offered as much, or more, and was substantially more affordable," he said. "The instruction I received here prepared me well for entry into the automotive industry."

He said a chance call from an industry partner and part-time instructor at CNM put him on a path to becoming an educator. He said once he began working with students as a part-time CNM instructor in 1998, he knew he had found his calling.

He worked as a part-time faculty member in the Automotive Technology program until he became a full-time instructor in 2001. In 2006, he became director of Transportation Programs and then in 2007, he transitioned to associate dean of AT.

He said that interacting with students and supporting them along their educational journeys is his favorite part about working in AT. In other words, Bronisz says, he enjoys being a part of CNM's vision of "Changing Lives, Building Community."

"I greatly appreciate the impact we have on our students' lives and the heartfelt way AT faculty and staff help them reach their goals," he said.