Dr. John T. Emery, a professor at the Louisiana Tech University College of Administration and Business, has been named the new dean for the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Emery, who began his duties Feb. 1 after six-and-a-half years at Louisiana Tech, replaces Dr. Avraham Shama, who left in early January.
"This provides a wonderful opportunity for me, and I really appreciate how the university community and people in the college have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome," said Emery, 56. "Schools like this are the future of higher education in the United States, and the rapid growth here provides opportunities that are much harder to achieve in more restrictive environments."
The College of Business Administration consists of the departments of accounting and business law, computer information systems and quantitative methods, economics and finance, and management, marketing and international business.
"Dr. Emery understands higher education and how to develop and improve programs," said Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, provost/vice president for Academic Affairs. "I am very pleased that he could join us at UTPA and that he will be able to assist us. His understanding of curriculum development, allocation of resources and fund raising will be a tremendous asset to the College of Business Administration."
UTPA plans to enhance its Ph.D. program at the College of Business Administration by pursuing accreditation from The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The University's other two business programs - one each for undergraduates and graduates - have received a continuation of accreditation for the next three years.
"We are well on the way to establishing a unique, first-rate Ph.D. program," Emery said. "We will continue to take advantage of today's emerging technology to provide a high-quality classroom experience and prepare students to compete successfully in today's marketplace."
Emery obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Denver and a doctorate from the University of Washington. Besides Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, he has spent time at Cal State University-Fullerton, the University of Arizona, the University of Washington, the University of Calgary and Indiana University.
Emery belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Finance Association, American Real Estate Society, Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Southwestern Business Deans Association. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial consulting, corporate financial analysis and security analysis.
"I think my eclectic background and working for some of the top public universities in the country will enable me to bring some perspective and leadership to the faculty," he said. "I want to help the faculty achieve its potential because we have good faculty here and an administration that is committed to success."