Russ Jones, Ph.D., started as dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Business on July 6.
"I want our students exposed to nationwide and regional competitions," he said in a news release. "I want them to get out of their comfort zone. One of the problems with a lot of students, especially in Arkansas, is they are hesitant to leave the state. They need to be exposed to other cultures, other regions and other ways of thinking."
Jones came to ATU from Arkansas State University, where he was the Kathy White Professor of Management Information Systems from 2006-20.
His previous roles at A-State included chair of accounting and computer information technology (2015-18), online Master of Business Administration degree coordinator (2009-12), associate professor of decision sciences (1995-2005) and assistant professor of computer information science (1989-95).
Jones has experience as a lecturer as well, having lectured at the University of Caen in France and the University of Otago in New Zealand.
He also said in the release that he wants to expand existing external partnerships and build new ones.
"One of the things I think every student should get out of college is an internship," Jones said. "Building relationships with businesses makes that possible. We also want guest speakers, even if it is virtually. If students can see someone who was sitting in their chair and is now a successful business leader, that shows the current students they can do it too. It's really inspirational for our students to see that."
The ATU College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It offers bachelor of science in business administration degrees in accounting, business data analytics, finance, management and marketing as well as a bachelor of science degree in business education and a master of business administration degree with concentrations in digital marketing and business data analytics.