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Jack Elfrink, interim dean, College of Business and Technology
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Elfrink Named Interim CBT Dean

July 7, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - - John "Jack" Elfrink, accounting professor at Western Illinois University, has been named interim dean of the WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT), effective immediately, according to Interim Provost and Academic Vice President Kathy Neumann.

Elfrink replaces William C. Bailey, who retired in June. He joined Western's faculty and was named chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance in August 2006. He served as associate dean from 2009-10 and was instrumental in the CBT retaining the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation for the undergraduate and graduate programs in accountancy and business. He has also served as the CBT assessment coordinator.

"We are grateful for the many years of experience and considerable expertise that Dr. Elfrink will bring to the College of Business and Technology as we move forward," said Neumann.

Prior to coming to WIU, he spent 12 years at the University of Central Missouri serving in such roles as dean, director of the financial planning program and chair and professor in the accounting department.

He has also taught at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI); Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Giradeau, MO); McKendree College (Lebanon, IL); Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO) and William Woods College (Fulton, MO).

Elfrink is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned his Ph.D. from St. Louis University and his MBA in accounting and bachelor's in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University. He has several years of experience in public accounting and has held numerous leadership positions in his profession. His research interests include the practice of accounting and accounting education.

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