Professor Connor 101
One of the primary differentiators of the St. Kate’s MBA program is the fact that most of the faculty currently work in various industries while teaching, and have an extensive background that enables them to apply theory to real-world examples. Professor Connor has years of experience as a leader, an educator, and an inventive thinker. He currently teaches the following courses:
- Healthcare Policy, Economics, Management and Innovation
- Financial Management
My professional work experience includes management in the field as a senior-level hospital administrator, teaching and research as a tenured faculty member of the University of Minnesota, and the creation of intellectual property and product development as the founder and CEO of start-up technology companies.
My education includes a BA with honors from Princeton University, an MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration) from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
I have published in Academic Medicine, Computers in Healthcare, Health Affairs, Health Care Management Review, Hospital & Health Services Administration, Inquiry, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Long Term Care Admin, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Journal of Rural Health, Managed Care, Managed Care and Changing Health Care Markets, Medical Care, Medical Care Review, Minnesota Physician, Nursing Home Medicine, Topics in Health Care Financing, and (most importantly) Cosmo Magazine.
Who is he, really?
We asked Professor Connor a series of questions to figure out who he is as a “real human being” outside of the classroom. Here’s what he had to say:
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
Two in the morning — very dark, made via French press.
What is something – outside of education – that you are extremely passionate about?
Anticipating future trends and inventing at the convergence of medical devices and wearable technology.
Are you a dog or cat person?
I have not had my DNA checked recently, but who knows what is in my family tree.
What’s your favorite quote?
“I am willing” [Mt. 8:3]
If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
I would not tell my 20-year-old self anything — because I have seen too many sci fi movies in which it is unwise to disrupt the space-time continuum.
What’s the most important thing you hope your MBA students walk away with after graduation?
A spring in their step? Their cellphone? Fewer loans than they expected? (More seriously — insight into where the health sector will be moving in the next five years and competencies to lead their organizations to successful service to improve the health of populations in that future).
To learn more about Professor Connor, connect with him on LinkedIn.