School of Business seeing changes in leadership structure
April 29, 2014
PLAINVIEW – As the Wayland Baptist University School of Business prepares to offer doctoral programs in 2015, it will also see a change in its leadership structure. Longtime Dean of the School Dr. Otto B. Schacht is stepping aside in order to assume a more active role in the classroom. Dr. Barry Evans will take over as Dean, effective July 1.
Dr. Schacht has been with Wayland since 1999 and has served as Chairman/Dean of the School of Business since 2002. Under his leadership the school has grown in number of degree offerings as well as enrollment. But as the School prepares to expand, Dr. Schacht said it is time to step back into the classroom full-time, and let someone else lead the business faculty into this new endeavor.
“When I came to Wayland in January of 1999, I came to be a classroom teacher, and that is the way I want to hopefully end my teaching career,” said Schacht, who is tentatively planning on retiring at the end of 2016.
Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall said Schacht’s leadership and service to the School of Business and university has been exceptional throughout the years.
“The position of Dean of the School of Business at Wayland is a critical one in that it touches each and every campus and has significant involvement in our online, hybrid and face-to-face course offering,” Hall said. “Dr. Schacht has handled this complex position very effectively throughout his tenure.”
Dr. Evans came to Wayland in August 2011. He earned his Ph.D. at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in 1996. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University. Hall said Evans’ experience teaching at both the Plainview campus and the external campuses will serve him well in the new leadership position.
“His unique experience prepares him to successfully lead the School of Business as we move for the first time into doctoral level education while striving to continue the excellent programs we already have,” Hall said.
Hall said it became apparent that with the addition of the new programs, the School of Business would have to change its leadership structure in order to more effectively deal with the additional job requirements. The new structure will include an Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs, a position that will be filled by Dr. Kelly Warren who has been a faculty member at Wayland since 2005. Dr. Warren was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Management.
Dr. Shelley Tapp will remain the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Management, and Dr. Charles Starnes’ title will change to Associate Dean for Master’s Programs and Professor of Economics. Starnes was previously the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
“Each of these individuals has deep experience within the Wayland system and will work very effectively with Dr. Evans in this new structure,” Hall said.
Wayland’s School of Business will begin offering a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Doctor of Management degree in the fall of 2015, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.