University of Kentucky B-School Names New Dean

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on November 1, 2011

David Blackwell, currently associate dean for graduate programs at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, has been named the next dean at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. He is expected to take office in January.

Blackwell will oversee Kentucky’s undergraduate business program of about 2,500 students, two doctoral programs, a full-time MBA, an evening MBA and a masters in accounting.

Another task likely to land on his plate is private fund raising for Gatton’s new building, among other projects. The school had planned to pay for the structure with a combination of private donations and state funds, says school spokesman Carl Nathe. The project is currently on hold due to economic conditions in the state, Nathe added.

UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement that Blackwell “has been very entrepreneurial in finding support for his initiatives at A&M.” Another way to raise funds “is through executive education and alternative MBA programs that appeal to working professionals,” Blackwell said in an interview.

Prior to A&M, Blackwell served in director positions at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He replaces interim Gatton Dean Merl Hackbart and former Dean D. Sudharshan, who left for sabbatical and is expected to return to Gatton to teach in fall 2012, Nathe said.

-Erin Zlomek

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