Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Bob Schwartz

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 2.5
  • Undergrad degree/university: B.F.A. in Design, The Kansas City Art Institute
  • Graduate degree/university: Master’s Degree in Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design

As dean of Mount Mary University’s School of Arts and Design and its School of Business, Bob Schwartz oversees studio arts, fashion, interior architecture and design, music, movement and dance, along with the MBA, BBA and accounting programs.

Formerly the vice president of global design and user experience at GE HealthCare, Schwartz has held executive leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, Levolor Kirsch, Motorola, IDSA and AdvaMed. In 2015, the Industrial Designers Society of America named him among the 50 most notable industrial designers of the past 50 years. He also won a Design Management Institute lifetime achievement award in 2019.

With Mount Mary’s recent program launch in User Experience Design, Schwartz has drawn upon his experience in leading the global design function at GE HealthCare to structure a program that attracts and empowers diverse women to gain full inclusion in the digital STEM workforce.

“After his incredible career at tech corporations, the hallmarks of Bob’s contributions to Mount Mary encompass his expertise and his service to boards, charity and involvement in Milwaukee,” said Isabelle Cherney, president of Mount Mary University, located in Milwaukee. 

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