UNCW Names Robert T. Burrus Jr. Dean of the Cameron School of Business

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wilmington, N.C. – Robert T. Burrus Jr. has been named the next dean of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business (CSB) after a national search, the university announced today. Burrus, who has been serving as interim dean of CSB since June 1, 2014, will assume his new role on July 1, 2015.

“We had an excellent pool of candidates thanks to the reputation of the Cameron School of Business and UNCW,” said Charles Hardy, search committee chair and dean of UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services. “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.”

As interim dean, Burrus oversaw the Cameron School of Business's reaccreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business programs.

“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.”

Throughout 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 has served as president of the Academy of Economics and Finance and as a manuscript reviewer for multiple scholarly journals in his discipline.  

As dean, Burrus will be an advocate for CSB’s needs through continued leadership and vision. He will serve as the chief fundraiser for CSB and is responsible for setting the standard for intellectual engagement, supporting and mentoring faculty, and encouraging collaboration across departments with the school and UNCW.

Burrus joined the UNCW faculty in 1998. Prior to serving as interim dean, he was a professor, associate dean of undergraduate studies and the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance. Burrus earned a Ph.D. and a M.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University.

The CSB currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students in three degree programs and 200 graduate students in four degree programs. The school also houses the prestigious Cameron Executive Network, a group of more than 200 retired and practicing executives that provide one-on-one mentoring for Cameron students.