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Ertugrul Tuzcu

Adjunct Faculty

  • Education
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bosphorus University 
    M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota

Ertugrul Tuzcu’s goal is for his students to understand their innate leadership strengths and development opportunities as a baseline of self-awareness. Tuzcu is the facilitator of the “True North” groups in the St. Thomas Full-time MBA program. Students participate in these active-learning projects for the duration of the program, which help them develop culturally and emotionally, and make them become aware of their unconscious biases. Tuzcu has found that in doing this students become much more inclusive in their cohort work and increase their level of emotional intelligence.

He teaches students to become leaders in all domains of their lives - home, work, school, community and self, mind, body, and spirit. Students in the class commit to experimenting with certain behaviors over time with a cohort partner and support each other with their commitments. Through short and long term visioning for their lives, students learn how to make changes and improvements in their leadership, personal behaviors and competencies, to try to move toward being authentic and happier leaders.

In his Executive Perspectives class, Tuzcu hosts many distinguished guest speakers, who are leaders in their respective fields, to talk about their leadership journeys and conduct Q&A sessions with the students.

Tuzcu has more than 30 years of executive experience, including Target Corporation and Lifetouch Corporation. He uses his industry experience to incorporate real life situations into the classroom through stories and real-world problems. He is also a self-appointed executive coach for students, offering them pro-bono individual-level support.


  • MN International Center,
  • University of MN Alumni Association,
  • Walker Art Center

  • Distinguished Service Faculty, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2013 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2011 - 2013)
  • President, COO Lifetouch National School Studios, Lifetouch, Inc., Eden Prairie (2008 - 2010)
  • President, COO Lifetouch Portrait Studios, Lifetouch, Inc., Eden Prairie (2007 - 2008)
  • Executive VP, Director of Stores, Macy's North, Inc., Minneapolis (2005 - 2007)
  • Executive VP, Director of Stores, Macy Department Stores/Marshall Fields, Minneapolis (2004 - 2005)
  • Dayton Hudson Corporation/Target, Minneapolis (1978 - 2004)