Candidate for College of Business dean position to visit campus Nov. 15

A finalist for the dean’s position in Western Carolina University’s College of Business will visit campus Thursday, Nov. 15, to participate in interviews and deliver a public presentation.

Jeffrey Krug, who is currently working as a consultant in private practice, will speak on “The Future of Business Education at WCU” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. The presentation is open to the campus community. A reception for College of Business students, faculty and staff will be held immediately after the presentation.

WCU is conducting a national search to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Darrell Parker, who was business dean at the university from July 2012 until the end of 2017. Parker has been serving as president of Limestone College in South Carolina since January.

Two other finalists for the dean’s position already have visited WCU for interviews and to speak on the same topic. H. Shelton Weeks, Lucas Professor of Real Estate and chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University, came to campus Wednesday, Oct. 31. Haiyang Chen, former dean of business at Marshall University, was on campus Wednesday, Nov. 7.

After the visits conclude, the search committee will meet to discuss the candidates and then submit a slate of acceptable candidates to the acting provost and interim chancellor for consideration, said Jeff Ray, dean of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology, who is serving as committee chair.

The search is being conducted through the Buffkin-Baker executive search firm, with Martin Baker and Chelsie Whitelock serving as leads for the WCU post.