UNCW names interim business school leader as dean

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Robert Burrus. Photo courtesy UNCW.
Robert Burrus. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington has named the interim dean of its business school as the program’s permanent replacement.

Following a national search, university officials decided to name Robert Burrus as head of the Cameron School of Business. Burrus, an economics professor, stepped in as interim in June of last year, following the exit of longtime dean Larry Clark, who took a position as chancellor of Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

Burrus will officially take over as business dean July 1.

“We had an excellent pool of candidates thanks to the reputation of the Cameron School of Business and UNCW,” Charles Hardy, search committee chair and dean of UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, said. “Rob is a proven leader who is dedicated to our students and has great vision for Cameron. His outstanding academic credentials and experience as a faculty member and administrator will help the school reach new heights in our community and beyond.”

While interim dean, Burrus oversaw the process of Cameron School of Business’s reaccreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an honor earned by less than five percent of business programs internationally, according to a release from UNCW.

“It is an honor to be named the dean of the Cameron School of Business, which has outstanding faculty and staff and a highly competitive group of students,” said Burrus. “Our goal is to continue developing our existing programs while considering additional ones that will be of great value to our students and business community. As we strive for excellence, I look forward to working with alumni and friends of the Cameron School while developing new and existing partnerships.”

During his tenure, Burrus has published more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He was also the recipient of UNCW’s Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004.

He serves as editor of the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal and is a past president of the Academy of Economics and Finance and manuscript reviewer for multiple scholarly journals in his discipline.

He joined the UNCW faculty in 1998.

The Cameron School of Business currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students in three degree programs and 200 graduate students in four degree programs.

The school also houses the Cameron Executive Network, a group of more than 200 retired and practicing executives that provide one-on-one mentoring for business school students.