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Conrad Named CBT Dean

May 24, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- Craig Conrad, interim dean of the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT), has been named as dean of the college, effective July 1.

Conrad has served as interim dean for the CBT since July 2020. During his tenure as interim dean, he implemented the college's COVID-19 response plan; coordinated AACSB reaccreditation; created and implemented the Targeted Research Impact Program to further encourage faculty to engage in research activities; supported the creation of the Institute for Cyber Security Education; and improved technology for students within the college, among other initiatives. The CBT is composed of five schools – Accounting, Economics, Finance and Decision Sciences; Agriculture; Computer Science; Engineering and Technology; and Management and Marketing).

"Craig's many years of experience at Western, and his in-depth knowledge of WIU and the college will allow him to continue, and further enhance, the College of Business and Technology," said WIU Interim Provost Billy Clow. "We appreciated his leadership over the past two years as interim dean, and are excited that he will continue leading the College into the future as the permanent dean."

Previously, he was the director of the WIU School of Management and Marketing and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing from 2012-21. Conrad also served as interim associate dean for the CBT and director of the MBA program from 2018-19; professor of marketing at WIU from 2001 to present; assistant professor of marketing at the University of Tennessee at Martin (TN) (1998-01); and assistant professor of marketing at Wingate University in Wingate, NC (1994-98), and he has served as a marketing and training consultant 1993-20.

Conrad received his Doctorate of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, and his MBA from WIU, along with his bachelor's degree in chemistry.

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