Incoming ASU Business Dean Shane Hunt Plans for A New Era In Business

by Luke Jones  on Monday, May. 5, 2014 12:00 am  

Shane Hunt

Shane Hunt won’t officially start his new job as Arkansas State University’s business dean until June 16, but he already has plans for future Arkansas entrepreneurs.

The Great Recession, Hunt said, has been both a blessing and a curse for ASU’s College of Business. Enrollment has increased “modestly,” Hunt said, averaging about 4 percent growth per year, since the economic downturn.

“We’ve been trending positive and adding more people in each of our majors, and considering the circumstances, we’ve been pleased with what we’ve done,” he said.

But the recession also meant increased scrutiny on the field of business.

“Business schools across the country have faced a lot of pressure following the most recent recession,” Hunt said. “So we have a group of soon-to-be college students who really came of age during that recession — maybe they were in high school or junior high — and saw the impact it had on their families.”

To respond to that, the college needs to ensure that its business curriculum doesn’t become antiquated, which Hunt said is a common problem for business colleges.

It also needs to ensure students have skill sets that are relevant to what businesses need and have an ethical “culture of honor” within the college.

“We need to be training great, smart, hardworking and ethical business leaders who can help drive the economy,” he said.

Hunt grew up in Oklahoma City and received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and then his Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

His initial career experience was for The Williams Cos. Inc., an energy and telecommunications company in Tulsa. He started out as a pricing analyst on the telecom side, and said that over time he worked in all of the four “P’s” of marketing: price, product, promotion and place.

“We had at the time one of the largest next-generation fiber optic networks in the world,” he said. “My first job was a pricing analyst, and then I worked with the business sales team to structure pricing. I worked on deals to basically provide bandwidth to large companies like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon down to enterprise solutions for medium businesses.”

Later he became manager of business development for Citynet of Bridgeport, West Virginia, which had offices in Tulsa.

 

 

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