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

“I think that was a very beneficial part of my time as a professor, having not just a Ph.D. but having a private sector background,” he said. “I have the experiences of things I did well and things I did wrong, and I can help students learn from those.”

In the early 2000s, when the dot-com bubble burst, Hunt began to consider where his career path might lead.

He began the process of obtaining a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma with the thought that he might return to the private sector afterward.

“There, I saw how much I enjoyed teaching, research and helping students achieve their dreams,” he said. “That’s the best job in the world. Not long after that, I knew that’s what I was going to do.”

He began searching for jobs on college campuses, and that led him to ASU.

Having never been to Jonesboro before, Hunt said he and his family “fell in love” with the town and the university.

He started as an assistant professor in 2007 and became an associate professor in 2011, finally receiving tenure in 2013 before being named dean of the business college this year.

As dean, Hunt said his major goal is to increase enrollment and help students ensure a return on their college investments.

Specifically, Hunt is working on a “very aggressive” review of the college’s current curriculum.

“In the three weeks since the dean announcement, I’ve been going out and talking to business leaders across the state and region, spending time talking with executives and for-profit companies,” he said. “We’re looking internally, from an academic standpoint, and we’re also out talking to executives and people in the private sector about what they need.”

He said the process has already revealed that businesses need more well-trained salespeople.

“That’s an opportunity for us,” he said. “One of the positions we’ll be hiring for this summer and the following fall is a new marketing professor who will focus on sales. He or she will really work to develop our sales program and some ideas on the curriculum, including things like students competing in national sales competitions.”



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