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Office of the Dean, College of Business and Technology

The Dean’s Office organizes communication among the seven academic departments and oversees the day to day operations of Stipes Hall. The college dean serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Tom Erekson

Tom Erekson, Dean

The College of Business and Technology welcomed Tom Erekson as Dean in June 2006. Prior to his appointment at WIU, he served as director of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University where he was professor of the School of Technology since 1998. In addition, he previously served as dean of the College of Technology at Bowling Green State University for seven years. Erekson has also served as professor and chair at the University of Maryland, College Park; as associate professor and program chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; as an associate professor and department head at University of Wyoming; and as an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University.

Erekson received his Ed.D. and his master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

When he’s not sharing his talents with the WIU CBT, you might find Tom enjoying some time with his favorite diversion - motorcycle racing.

John Drea

John Drea, Associate Dean

John joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean in the Fall of 2010 after serving as the chair of the WIU Department of Marketing and Finance from 2004-10 and as a marketing professor from 1995-2004. Prior to joining Western he was an assistant professor of marketing at Montana State University - Billings. John has also served in such positions as assistant dean of instruction, director of business and industry programs and assistant to the president at John Wood Community College in Quincy.

With a doctoral degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University, a MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor's from Illinois College, John has gone beyond the classroom to illustrate academic success. He was the recipient of the 2003 American Marketing Association (AMA) Instructional Innovation Award based on several teaching activities that are considered to be significant innovations in marketing education. He was the 1998 winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2001 Instructional Innovation Award--both from the Society for Marketing Advances. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award from the Marketing Management Association. He is the author of two books in the field of transportation brokerage and 30+ scholarly articles and presentations, and has worked with WIU students on research projects for financial institutions, health care, and two major league baseball teams, to name a few.

In his spare time, John enjoys running, major league baseball, and carpentry, and tries to do each of these without hurting himself.

Jim Patterson

Dr. Jim Patterson, C.P.M., A.P.P., Assistant Dean – Quad Cities

Jim has served as Assistant Dean since 2012 and Associate Professor at the WIU-Quad Cities campus since 1995. With 20 years of supply chain and manufacturing management experience with the U.S. Marine Corps, Avon, Coca-Cola, and Nestlé, his last corporate position was Director of Manufacturing with Nestlé. He was Associate Director for the Industrial Development Institute at Michigan State University, founding Director of the Quad Cities Executive Studies Center, and a retired USMCR aviation supply officer.

He earned his Ph.D. in supply chain management from Michigan State University, M.B.A. in marketing from Western Michigan University, M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California, and B.S. in accounting from Western Kentucky University and has attained lifetime professional credentials from the Institute for Supply Management.

Jim has twice received the College’s outstanding teaching and service awards as well as Professor of the Year from Beta Gamma Sigma. Coca-Cola recognized him with its international Production Management Development Program Award. He has served as a WIU Faculty Senator and founding member of the WIU-QC Faculty Council. He was also founding Director and Corporate Secretary for the Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory and is President of the Quad City Foreign Trade Zone #133 for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

He is co-author for the 4th, 5th, and 6th editions of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management by South-Western Cengage Learning and has published a variety of SCM articles. A frequent conference speaker, he has appeared four times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Sigma Iota Epsilon business honor societies and a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

You will often find Jim and his wife, Diane, cruising the Quad Cities in their customized ’01 Mustang GT, nicknamed “Eleanor.”

Becky Paulsen

Becky Paulsen, Director of Development

Becky Paulsen joined the College of Business and Technology in December of 2006 to serve in the newly created position of Director of Development. Prior to coming to WIU she was the President of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation. She has also owned her own wholesale and retail businesses, as well as managed a number of small businesses throughout her career. Her strong community relationships and business experience make her a unique asset to the college and the position.

When asked what she likes most about her position Becky replied “I’m enjoying all the new relationships I am developing here. From our outstanding faculty, staff and students to alums passionate about their WIU legacy, and businesses who are proud and impressed with their relationships with our college’s faculty and students…the College of Business and Technology is a full of great, committed people. It’s really all about relationships. Things are happening here and I enjoy telling others about it!”

When Becky isn’t reading and absorbing all she can about trends in development for institutions of higher education, you will most likely find her quietly quilting, shopping or spending time with her husband and/or any of their five adult children.

Lori Boyer

Lori Boyer, Office Manager

Lori is the secretary to the Dean and also handles the CBT budgets. Her track record is long and well established - she has worked for seven Deans in the 25 years that she has been at the CBT Dean’s Office.

Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from WIU, and says, “The College of Business and Technology is the best place on campus to work! We really have something special here.” She has worked at WIU since 1981.

When she’s not supporting all the wonderful things happening in the College of Business and Technology and WIU, she is busy volunteering in her hometown, crafting, and doing ancestry work.

Margie Carle

Margie Carle, Office Support Specialist

If you call or stop by the Dean’s Office, you’ll likely be greeted by Margie’s positive outlook and outstanding smile! With more than 18 years in the Dean’s Office, you can be assured - she knows her stuff!

In addition to the “anything but ordinary” activities of her day, Margie consults with MBA students, schedules classroom space, and prepares College correspondence. She’s also holds an essential role in planning the annual CBT Scholarship Awards ceremony and serves as the primary liaison to physical plant for maintenance and repair of Stipes Hall.

Margie’s a great listener and is always available to help. When asked about what she likes most about her job she says, “I love interacting with the students, faculty, and staff. I want to help add to the students’ experience here at WIU and make it as pleasant as possible.”

Barb Arvin

Barb Arvin, Instructional Technology Systems Manager

Barb has worked at WIU since 2003 and joined CBT in December of 2011 as an Instructional Technology Systems Manager-aka webmaster. She also serves CBT as the web and marketing representative, coordinates stories for Western News, designs graphics for printed materials, and maintains the CBT Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Barb received a BS in Graphic Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from WIU. She is thrilled to be giving back to the college where she earned her degree, and is also very grateful to all the WIU faculty and staff who were so supportive and continued to motivate her during the years she worked full-time and attended classes. The WIU community is truely a great place to be a part of!