Juan Antonio Rock has spent more than 30 years as an educator and leader at the University of Talca in Chile.
He started there as a professor of economics and later took roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including head of the business school, dean of the faculty of business, academic provost, and teaching vice-rector. He became president of the university in 2006, serving for four years.
Although he had an impressive professional record, Juan sought a graduate education that would develop his research skills and broaden his view of the world. He chose the Doctor of Business Administration degree program at Argosy University, Sarasota.
“I strived to get a doctoral degree, overcoming the lack of opportunities in my country,” Juan says. “It took steady effort because I couldn’t leave my work at the university.”
Juan received his doctorate degree from Argosy University, Sarasota in 2005, which he says led to the most successful and rewarding achievements in his life.
“I learned how to deal with people from different cultural backgrounds and get a better understanding of their points-of-view,” he says. “Interactions among students and professors were enriching.”
Of his successes, Juan says he was able to help the University of Talca grow when he served as president from 2006 to 2010.
“When I left the presidency, the university had a school of medicine, doubled its academic publications, increased its current budget by 60%, and obtained funds from contested sources for projects of more than $20 million,” he says.
Other highlights of his career include being invited by former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet to integrate the presidential mission during an official visit to India and being named president of the strategic committee at the Chilean Council of Rectors.
Juan’s current position is full-time professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Talca. He teaches courses in strategy and international business and his field of research is international competitiveness. “Currently, I am driving a project aiming to identify management success factors of universities,” he says. “I hope the findings of this project will nurture national public policies in order to improve quality and equity of Chilean universities.”
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