Business administrationOur Business Administration programs combine the traditional liberal arts curriculum with areas of business study, and we offer an invaluable internship program that connects you to many businesses and organizations in the Des Moines area. With flexible schedules, professors who use their business expertise in the classroom, and real-world experience, we give you the foundation to succeed.

Graduates seek positions in retail trade, manufacturing and service industries, financial services, and insurance and health systems. Business courses are appropriate for cultural, educational, and governmental positions and for those interested in graduate business studies or law.

The Business Administration major offers concentrations in finance, human resource management, international business, management, and marketing.

We also offer two majors that can lead to careers in legal fields. A pre-law curriculum is available through the Political Studies major; click HERE to learn more. The Paralegal Studies major draws much of its coursework from the business, political studies and sociology areas, which is enhanced with additional focus in one of the following concentrations: Business and Human Resource Management, Criminology, or Public Administration.

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The Department of Business and Accounting is pleased to offer the following certificate programs.

Human Resource Management
12-15 credit hours of coursework, including modern human resource management strategies, compensation and benefit issues, employment law, recruitment, selection, training and development pedagogy. The ability to leverage people and their knowledge is a critical issue facing all organizations. This certificate is for anyone wishing to transition into human resource positions, seeking preparation for certification or wishing to add to their ability to manage people.
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Post Baccalaureate in Accounting
59 credit hours. This certificate is for those of you who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than accounting. This certificate will meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Iowa.
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* Certificates are intended for students wishing to complete an A.A. or B.A. as well as students seeking to return for additional certifications beyond their existing skill sets.


Ryan Anderson, assistant professor of business administration, department chair
Welcome! I teach classes like Internship, International Trade, Business Capstone, Investments and Organizational Behavior. My professional experience has included financial analysis and project management positions with organizations in the financial services and insurance industry, experience which I incorporate into the classroom environment. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, grilling, fishing, and reading.


Dr. Kip Bottenfield, assistant professor of business administration
As a teacher, my purpose is to empower and equip students to become productive members of the business community.  I relate current social and business practices with textbook concepts by engaging students in lively discussion and writing assignments formulated to stimulate the critical thiking skills needed to succeed.  I teach a variety of classes in the areas of marketing, economics, management, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Scott Bull, assistant professor of business administration
I joined Grand View after 20 years working in professional sports, spending the last 16 with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, in Tempe, Ariz. I earned my doctorate in sport management and leadership while continuing my full-time career so that I would have the opportunity to work with students interested in a career in sports.   I teach graduate and undergraduate Sport Management courses and enjoy sharing my professional experiences with students in the classroom to help them understand applications of course content.  I enjoy playing and watching sports and spending time with my family.


Ronda Hollensbe, professor of accounting
Welcome! I teach courses such as Income Tax, Advanced Managerial Accounting, and Advanced Accounting. I have worked in several CPA firms and I incorporate this experience into my teaching. My husband is a pilot and we enjoy flying our Cessna 182 to different vacation spots. I enjoy teaching at Grand View!


Dr. Shannon Juergens, professor of business administration
Hello and welcome to Grand View! I joined the business administration department in Fall 2012 and teach various courses in management, human resources, marketing, and internship. I enjoy working with students to help them apply what they learn to real world situations. My research focus is on experiential learning and how active learning helps students transfer learning from the classroom to jobs. My background includes three and a half years working in the MBA program at the University of Iowa and ten years experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a commercial lender at Wells Fargo. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Marc, and our two girls, Audrey and Alyse.

Robert Ruisch, assistant professor of accounting
Welcome!  I have taught various accounting and auditing courses at Grand View since 2011.  My goal is to help prepare you so you can use your accounting and auditing education to enhance your career.  I enjoy seeing students put their education to work!  Prior to teaching at Grand View, I was an accounting director for mutual funds, variable annuities, broker dealer and investment management companies at FBL Financial Group in West Des Moines for ten years.  Before FBL Financial Group,  I was an audit manager in public accounting for 11 years at KPMG in Des Moines, IA and Vavrinek, Trine, Day in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Dmitry Yarushkin, assistant professor of business administration
I have been a professor at Grand View for four years. I typically teach Web Design and Development, Knowledge and Information Management, Project Management, Information Systems, and Macro-Economics. My goal is to help students further their potential by engaging them in classroom learning and off-campus activities. My wife and I enjoy active traveling - exploring the places we visit, both on foot and by car.
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Alec Zama, associate professor of business administration
Welcome! I have been in the business administration department since 2005 and I have taught a variety of courses ranging from freshman introductory courses to business capstone seminars. Recently, I began teaching management and organizational behavior at the undergraduate level, and interpersonal workplace dynamics and strategic thinking at the graduate level. I’m the advisor for the Phi Beta Lamba (PBL) Chapter at GV. I completed my Doctorate of Business Administration in the spring of 2012. My research interests lie in the area of top management and CEO succession. I enjoy studying organizations and their behavior. I believe in establishing strong connections between classroom learning and the business world, and thus provide students with such opportunities. I enjoy watching and playing sports, debating politics and economics, and reading spy novels. I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes!


Business and accounting classes are conducted in the Krumm Business Center, equiped with state of the art technology, including Internet, computer labs and a stadium-style centrum.  Combined with the personal attention from faculty, business and accounting  majors have all they need to succeed in their chosen fields.

Computer Labs
Krumm Business Center - Rooms 24-30, 26 & 28

The Krumm Business Center has three Windows labs that are scheduled as instructional labs and can be used as open lab space when classes are not scheduled.  The schedule for these labs can be found under the "Related Links" tab on this page.  Krumm 24-30 contains 30 Windows computers.  Krumm 26 and Krumm 28 each contain 18 Windows computers.  A black and white printer is available in Krumm 8.

Smart Classrooms
Grand View now has many Smart Classrooms - rooms with advanced technolgy to aid in discussion, student learning and comprehension. Courses taught in Krumm take advatage of in-room Internet and projection technologies used for class enhancement and student engagement.

Go to the Virtual Tour to explore the Krumm Business Center. (Link not mobile friendly.)

Awards and Accomplishments

Current Students

Iowa PBL had their State Leadership Conference at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. There were over 140 students in attendance. Grand View University was represented by three students: Ashley Adams, Ade Rosya and Iyyad Rayyan.  They participated in workshops, networking events, luncheon etiquette and competed in various competitions.

Iyyad Rayyan, Sophomore
3rd place for Economic Analysis and Decision Making
3rd place for Public Speaking

Melanie Ellis, Sophomore  
4th place for Accounting for Professionals
3rd place for Word Processing

Ashley Adams, Junior
4th place in Financial Analysis & Decision Making


Alec Zama, assistant professor of business, presented a paper at the at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference (MAM) in Chicago, Illinois, October 5, with the following title:  Impact of High-CSE CEO on Top Management Team Composition and Size.   He has been a reviewer and a presenter at MAM since 2009.

Mr. Zama was the keynote speaker at the Leadership Iowa Luncheon on Friday, January 18th. Leadership Iowa is a leadership development program organized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation where 40 leaders from across the state of Iowa participate in a year-long leadership development activities. Zama's speech is titled "American Democracy: An Immigrant's Perspective". In his speech he discussed his experiences living in a communist society in a democracy and comparing and contrasting the two systems.


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