Citadel business school dean to step down


The Citadel soon will begin the search for a new dean of its School of Business Administration, which houses the largest undergraduate and graduate programs at the state’s military college.

Ron Green, who is in his fifth year as dean of that school, has announced that he will step down and return to the classroom as a faculty member at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Green said Friday that the average business school dean holds the job about four years. He will have completed six years in that post by the time he steps down. “At some point, it’s time for a change in leadership,” he said. He also said he will deal with health issues.

Citadel Provost Sam Hines said, “We will miss Ron Green’s leadership as dean of the School of Business Administration, but we are fortunate that he will be staying at The Citadel as a leader in the classroom for our cadets and Graduate College students.”

Citadel spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells said the college will form a search committee to look for a new dean, but no time line has yet been developed for the search process.

The School of Business Administration has 514 undergraduate majors from the Corps of Cadets as well as 264 graduate and 41 evening undergraduate students enrolled in the Citadel Graduate College, Gunnells said.

Green said the school has accomplished much over the past five years, and it’s “a good time to pass the baton.”

Some of those accomplishments include establishing the Citadel Director’s Institute, which offers professional development to corporate directors, and the Bastin Financial Leadership Lab, which helps prepare students for careers in financial services.

The school also recently established programs in entrepreneurship, supply chain management and professional selling, he said, and he expects such trends to continue after he steps down.

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