Dr. Micheal Crafton, Clayton State University interim provost, has announced that Dr. Diane Prince, associate dean of Business, has accepted his offer to serve as interim dean of the Clayton State School of Business, effective Apr. 1, 2010.
Prince, who has served as associate dean since January 2007, will function in her new roll until a permanent dean is appointed.
"The faculty of the School of Business also communicated to me that they would like to launch a search for a new dean right away, so we are forming a committee and will begin that process in short order," adds Crafton.
Prince has been with Clayton State during the entire period of outgoing Dean Dr. Jacob Chacko’s tenure as dean.
"As interim dean, Dr. Diane Prince provides the stability and leadership needed at this crucial time of maintenance of AACSB accreditation,” says Chacko.
"Dr. Prince’s support from the faculty for this position is quite remarkable, and I feel completely confident that she and the School of Business shall continue along their path of excellence," says Crafton. "She is certainly, from my experience, one of the most pleasant of faculty administrators that I have been privileged to know."
Prince was formerly program chair at Troy University’s Augusta, Ga., site, where she administered all undergraduate business programs; created the schedule for full and adjunct faculty; credentialed faculty; recruited and advised students; and implemented assessments. Prior to her time at Troy, she served as MBA director and recruiter at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C.
Prince holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with emphases in Strategic Management, International Business and Management Science, from the University of Tennessee; a Master of International Administration from Southern Vermont University’s School for International Training (where she also served as a program administrator); and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has also earned a Marketing Teaching Credential with 18 hours in graduate Marketing courses at Brenau University, Claflin and Tennessee.
Her professional background also includes serving as dean of the School of Business and Mass Communications at Brenau, several faculty and administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin Superior, seven years as an assistant and associate professor of Business at the University of Maine, serving as the assistant to the dean at the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University, and serving as a program manager for CARE in Belize.
Chacko, dean of the Clayton State School of Business since Jan. 1, 2008, is leaving Clayton State in March 2010 to assume the position of dean of Business at the Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates.