By Dennis Labonty and Jim Elwood
Editor’s note: When we decided to do a story about an emeritus professor from the Management Information Systems Department, several insisted that the late Lloyd W. Bartholome needed to be recognized because of the tremendous impact he had on the department. In this profile Dennis Labonty, who taught at USU from 1990 to 2005, and Jim Elwood, who has been at USU since 1983, and is now the Jon M. Huntsman School’s manager of information technology, share their memories of Dr. Bartholome.
It doesn’t seem possible that one man could do so much to affect the lives of so many in just a single life, but Lloyd W. Bartholome has done just that, leaving a group of people throughout the United States grateful to have known him.
In 1979 he was appointed head of the Business Information Systems and Education Department at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. He was a significant player, providing foresight in preserving business education by changing the department’s name, academic emphasis, and focus to business information systems. Through his skillful direction, the department offered bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business teacher education as well as information systems. Numerous Ph.D. graduates went on to advance their careers at other colleges and universities around the country. As a result of Dr. B’s vision and model for business teacher education, many deans and department heads accepted and adopted his successful model at their colleges and universities.
Dr. Bartholome believed in teaching first—period! He said, however, that teaching needed to be grounded in sound research. As a department head, he wholeheartedly supported faculty members who revised their curriculum and updated their courses. He himself maintained this practice by attending other universities during his sabbaticals. He did this into hislate sixties.
He was recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious John Gregg Award, the highest national award for distinguished service in business education. He was also one of two people inducted into the Business Education National Hall of Fame in 2010.
Service was important to Dr. B. He believed that teachers at all levels have important skills to share. He thought that it was important for business education to survive through its members at local, state, and national organizations. He encouraged colleagues and teachers to be active members in professional organizations.
He believed in God, the importance of family, work, and play. In his heart he truly cared about people and believed in giving everyone an opportunity to advance his or her career in any discipline.
He was a faculty member at Utah State University when he
died at age 73 in 2003.