Jane Wayland: Training the Future

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Jane Wayland (Photo by Jason Burt)

Jane Wayland is the first female dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Business.

Wayland grew up in Ellisville, Miss. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

After school, she moved to Texas, where she began working in sales. After a friend suggested teaching, Wayland tried out the profession first at Houston Baptist University.

“I enjoyed teaching,” Wayland said. “At Houston Baptist, I taught about four classes every quarter, and I really enjoyed it. I embraced that.”

After a year, Wayland said she realized she would need a doctorate to further her career. She earned one from the University of North Texas in Denton, and then her career took her from Texas to Virginia to Illinois.

At Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Wayland got more practical business experience at the local Chamber of Commerce.

“We did a lot just to keep the doors open,” she said. “We worked to serve our members and to gain members.”

She noticed that increased or decreased enrollment at EIU would have drastic effects on the town’s businesses.

“One trend that was happening during the time I was there was that the faculty was living outside of the town,” she said. “They were driving in from larger cities like Champaign or Terre Haute, and because they were not in the city, it took economic impact from those individuals in the city.”

After 16 years at EIU, Wayland had worked up to chair its school of business. Then, she saw an ad for associate dean at UALR.

She got the job. Five years later, she was named dean. Since then, she’s moved from teaching to almost entirely administrative duties. She is also on the board of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and is involved with Sales & Marketing Executives International and Economics Arkansas, among other groups.

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