Dr. Nate Klein ‘07 is no stranger to adventure, having been to 31 countries, seen all 7 wonders of the world and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Now, in the classrooms and hallways of Mount Mercy University, Dr. Klein takes on perhaps his greatest challenge, as an associate professor of business.
Dr. Klein’s journey at Mount Mercy started when he was a student studying business administration. He served as Enactus president for three years while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis on management and marketing. An active member of the University community, Dr. Klein knew he wanted to return to the Hill when he was on the Presidential Search Committee as an undergraduate.
“I was able to see so many resumes and interact with great employees, trustees and community members during the search,” Dr. Klein said. “I knew in that moment I wanted to get back to this campus.”
To gain more experience after graduating from Mount Mercy, Dr. Klein continued his education at Emory University where he received his Master of Business Administration. Then, after seven years in corporate America at Aflac, Dr. Klein finished his doctorate from Creighton University and a door to Mount Mercy opened just two days after graduation.
Now, as faculty adviser to Mount Mercy’s flourishing Enactus team, Dr. Klein passes down skills learned during his time as a student with the organization, such as communication, project management and leadership. The team’s foundation is to make an impact in the community, which they succeeded in doing year round.
“I am motivated by the energy of the students and our community to take what they learn in the classroom and give back in an entrepreneurial way,” Dr. Klein said. “It’s fun to see students have ‘aha moments’ where they realize what they learned can actually be useful for not only themselves, but help change the lives of others.”
The incredible work that Dr. Klein has done in his short but impactful career has been acknowledged with awards such as the National SIFE Alumnus of the Year, USA 2012; International Greenleaf Servant Leadership Scholar, 2014; International Leadership Association Presenter, the positive impact servant leadership has on employee engagement, 2014; and Inaugural Seagren-Joekel-Ihrig Award for the Best Interdisciplinary Leadership Dissertation, Creighton University, 2015.
Dr. Klein, like all of Mount Mercy’s exceptional faculty members, ensures students have opportunities to excel during their time at and after Mount Mercy. For his talents and tendency toward excellence, Dr. Klein was named Mount Mercy Student Government Faculty of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.
“In addition to personal relationships you are able to build with your professors, it’s the experiential classroom learning that I think sets Mount Mercy University apart,” Dr. Klein said. “Most importantly, in my opinion, you finish out the semester writing and speaking about what it means to lead a courageous life after you leave the Hill, a truly special hallmark of a Mercy education.”
Beyond his roles on the university’s faculty, Dr. Klein is involved on the board of directors with United Way of East Central Iowa as well as the Catherine McAuley Center. He is chairperson for the Time for Art event, on the board of advisors for Impact CR and a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, just to name a few.
In his spare time, Dr. Klein lives an adventurous life with his partners-in-crime, wife Jenny, daughter Lily and dog Lincoln. They enjoy playing sports, working out, traveling the world, volunteering, reading, and spending time with family and friends together.