The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Dr. Ed Bashaw as dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Business during its meeting on Thursday, March 17.
Bashaw, who will continue to serve as dean through May 31, 2016, will become dean of the Emporia State University (Kan.) School of Business in June 2016.
“I’m proud of the programmatic advances and the enrollment growth we have experienced in the College of Business,” said Bashaw, “but what I’ll remember most are the individuals we were able to help persist to graduation in the face of adversity. We’ve increased the professionalism of our students and their campus engagement. Our students are more satisfied, and the positive outcomes for graduates have increased.”
Among the programs developed in the Arkansas Tech College of Business during Bashaw’s six-year tenure were the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in business data analytics, the first graduate degree in business at Arkansas Tech and minors in entrepreneurship and business data analytics.
The Arkansas Tech College of Business also developed an Office of Student Engagement, Dean’s Leadership Class, accounting labs and the High School Business Challenge during Bashaw’s tenure as dean.
In 2015, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announced that the Arkansas Tech College of Business extended its AACSB International accreditation for an additional five-year period until the next scheduled review during the 2019-20 academic year.
“We extend our appreciation to Dr. Bashaw for his many efforts on behalf of the students, faculty and staff in the Arkansas Tech College of Business,” said Dr. AJ Anglin, interim vice president for academic affairs. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors, and we look forward to a bright future for the Arkansas Tech College of Business.”
Arkansas Tech is engaged in a search for the next dean of its College of Business. It is anticipated that individual will take office on July 1, 2016.
Visit www.atu.edu/business to learn more about the Arkansas Tech College of Business.