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Francis C. Rydzewski

Francis C. Rydzewski Management & Organizations

Adjunct Lecturer
W252  Pappajohn Business Building
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