Arkansas State Names Shane Hunt Business College Dean

by Lee Hogan  on Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 3:15 pm  

Shane Hunt (Photo by Arkansas State University)

Arkansas State University has selected one of its own to lead the College of Business.

Shane Hunt, an associate professor of marketing at ASU, was named dean of the college at a ceremony Thursday.

"I am honored Arkansas State would put its trust in my leadership for the College of Business," Hunt said at the ceremony. "My family has felt at home here in Jonesboro since we arrived."

Hunt's faculty skills — strategic marketing, professional sales management and marketing management — were key in his selection, the university said.

"Dr. Hunt is a rising star in his field, and we are fortunate to have him as a faculty member," Provost Lynita Cooksey said at the ceremony. "For him to step up to the challenge of leading one of our key colleges shows his level of commitment to Arkansas State."

Hunt earned his Ph.D. in marketing at Oklahoma State University, and his MBA at the University of Oklahoma. He's the recipient of the 2010 National Inspire Integrity Award, the 2010 Lt. Col. Barney Smith Award and the 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

His professional career includes eight years as a pricing analyst, product manager and business development manager at a Fortune 500 company in Tulsa, Okla.

Hunt recently published a textbook, with co-author John Mello, titled "Marketing" for McGraw-Hill. He is also published in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management and the Journal of Business Logistics.

"Serving as a dean for a university of our caliber requires the ability to manage the academic rigor necessary to maintain our standards, reach outside traditional roles, and engage the community," Chancellor Tim Hudson said at the ceremony. "Dr. Hunt has the intellect, attributes and passion to be an outstanding dean and an effective ambassador for Arkansas State, nationally and internationally."

Nearly 1,600 students are enrolled in the ASU College of Business, which includes departments of accounting, computer and information technology, economics and finance, and management and marketing. The college is one of the older ones at Arkansas State, and houses the Small Business Technology and Development Center and the Delta Center for Economic Development for community business development in the region.

"I believe the A-State College of Business can play a critical role in the development of our community," Hunt said at the ceremony. "Through the Delta Center for Economic Development and other outreach programs, we can have a positive impact on entrepreneurship among local businesses and non-profits, which ultimately provide increased employment opportunities for our students, both in this region and globally."

The college has one of the nation's top-rated online MBA programs, according to U.S. News, and an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International Accreditation. The accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business schools.

Hunt lives in Jonesboro with his wife Jenifer and their two children, Andrew and Sarah.



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