Francis C. Rydzewski

Francis C. Rydzewski

Management and Organizations

Adjunct Lecturer

  W252  Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • MBA in Finance, Drexel University, 1974
  • BA in Business, Rutgers University, 1973


  • 32 years of Business and global experience


  • Recognized by MBA's as 2nd Year Core Faculty of the Year, 2007

Selected Publications

  • My Toughest Decision, Francis C. Rydzewski, Business Edge Magazine/Gazette Communications, 2007, 16

Conference Proceedings

  • Economic Development Achivements in the Food and Bio-Processing Industry Cluster in the Cedar Rapids Area., Francis C. Rydzewski, Corridor Business Journal, 2009

Current & Prior Positions

  • Clinical Faculty Member, International Business Department, Dara Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Columbia, January 2012 - Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, January 2012 - Present
  • Lecturer, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, August 2006 - December 2011
  • Chief Executive Officer, American Profol, Cedar Rapids, IA, August 2000 - October 2006
  • President, Penford Products, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1995 - April 2000
  • Global Business Director, Air Products, 1990 - 1995
  • General Plant Manager , Air Products, 1985 - 1990
  • Manufacturing Director; Division Controller; Assistant Plant Controller; Business Area Analyst, Air Products, 1974 - 1980


  • Safety Pays, 10th Annual Occupational Health Symposium, Heartland Center - University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Food and Bio-Processing Industry Cluster, Celebration of Agriculture, Ag Association of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, March 2010
  • Food and Bio-Processing Industry Cluster, Priority 1 Annual Luncheon, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Marriott Conference Center - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 2009

Committees and Professional Service

  • Core Committee - MBA Program, 2006-current
  • Priority 1 Business Develpment Arm of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, 2006-current
  • Technology Corridor Group, 2010

Additional Training

  • Nasbite Global Business Certification, Conference Program, Nasbite, 2011
  • International Business, Attended Conference, Iowa Department of Commerce, 2009
  • Improve Case Presentations, Attended Conference, Harvard Business School, 2008
  • Beginning Chinese Mandarin Language, 2007
  • Faculty Development in International Business, 2006

Licensures and Certifications

  • Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), Nasbite, June - 2011