Brian T. Kench, Ph.D.

Dean of the Pompea College of Business

University of New Haven

Brian T. Kench, Dean of the Pompea College of Business at the University of New Haven, is an expert in behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of organization. He is a consultant in the areas of unemployment, economic damages and economic impact analysis, and he is frequently asked for his commentary.

As a higher education leader, Kench has spent the past 20+ years helping universities excel by focusing on talent acquisition, cost efficiencies, and development needs of students, faculty and organizations. Working closely with faculty and staff he has led increases in enrollment, rankings, retention, diversity and inclusion, student placement and satisfaction, faculty recruiting, alumni engagement, corporate partnering, fundraising, new curriculum design, and the development and launch of online degree programs.

As Dean of the University of New Haven’s AACSB‐accredited Pompea College of Business, he led the effort to fundamentally change the reputation of the business college by repositioning it to be a leader in STEM certified business programs. Today 60% of all business students and 74% of graduate business students are enrolled in one of our eleven STEM certified business programs.

Prior to coming to the University of New Haven, Dr. Kench was chair and professor of economics at the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa, where he was the 2009 and 2012 recipient of the university’s Teaching Excellence Award and he received the College of Business’s Researcher of the Year Award in 2008.

He has served as a visiting professor of economics at the University of New Hampshire, an adjunct professor of economics at Bentley University, and an instructor of economics at the University of Connecticut.

He received his B.A. in economics from Framingham State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut.