Robert Burrus Appointed Interim Dean

of the Cameron School of Business


Dear CSB colleagues and stakeholders,

I have appreciated your participation in the process to identify the leadership of the Cameron School of Business (CSB) subsequent to the departure of current Dean Larry Clark for LSU – Shreveport.  We were privileged to have several well-qualified individuals express their willingness to consider this important role, a fact for which I am most appreciative.  I am pleased to announce that Robert (“Rob”) Burrus has accepted the position of Interim Dean of the Cameron School of Business.  His appointment will be effective June 1, 2014.

Dr. Burrus, who currently serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Cameron School, brings to the position significant administrative experience, having served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance since August 2007, a role he has maintained even as he assumed his present position in January of this year.  Dr. Burrus joined UNCW as an Assistant Professor in 1998, advancing Robert Burrusthrough the ranks and achieving Professor status in 2010.  He is an active scholar, with more than two dozen peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters to his credit, among them a collaborative paper that received the “Outstanding Appraisal Journal Article of the Year” award.  Dr. Burrus’ teaching skills have also been acknowledged through awards including the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and through numerous recognitions as a UNCW Impact Professor.  As well, he has provided quality service contributions to the university and his profession, in the former case serving on entities such as the University’s Faculty Roles, Responsibilities, and Rewards Task Force, the CSB’s Executive Committee and Strategy Committee, and the UNCW Honor Board, among many others.  In the latter case, he serves as Editor of the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal, and has served as President of the Academy of Economics and Finance and as a manuscript reviewer for multiple scholarly journals in his discipline.

I am deeply appreciative of Dr. Burrus’ willingness to assume this key leadership position in anticipation of the planned national search for a successor to Dean Larry Clark, expected to start this fall.  I look forward to working with him in his new role and call on the faculty and staff of the Cameron School to join with us as we address the opportunities presented in the next academic year including, of course, the reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation.

Denise A. Battles
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs





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