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Best Selected to Lead Harmon College of Business Administration

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 26, 2010) – With previous experiences that have included teaching, serving as a department chair and associate dean, Roger Best this week was named dean of the Harmon College of Business Administration. The UCM Board of Governors approved the appointment following a search process conducted by the college in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“I appreciate the leadership of Dean Alice Greife (College of Science and Technology) who served as chair of the search committee, and the many faculty who assisted with the search process,” said Provost George Wilson. “I have the utmost confidence in Roger’s ability to lead the college.”

Best’s appointment is effective July 1. He succeeds Joan Mansfield who plans to return to full-time teaching.

Roger Best
Roger Best

Best joined the university in August 1995 as an assistant professor of finance, and climbed the faculty ranks to become a professor in 2005. He was named chair of the Department of Economics and Finance in 2003, and became associate dean of HCBA in 2008.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as dean of the Harmon College of Business Administration,” Best said. “In my 14 years at UCM, I have made some great friends within the university community. I have come to appreciate the high quality faculty and staff we have in the college, and I am eager to work with my colleagues in this new role.”

He commended Mansfield for four years of excellent service, noting that “I very much appreciate the time I've been able to serve as department chair and then associate dean under her leadership.  I have learned much from her, and I look forward to the college continuing initiatives that started during her tenure.”

As associate dean, Best’s responsibilities included directing the Master of Business Administration degree program, overseeing the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program’s admissions process, and working closely with the dean and other stakeholders in maintenance of accreditation by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business - International. He also chaired the MBA Assessment Team and college’s Graduate Committee and served on the Strategic Planning Committee.

Through such experiences, Best said he has learned much about his colleagues’ commitment to student learning, and he is consistently impressed with faculty members’ “focus on ensuring that our students receive the best business and economics education in the Midwest.  Our recent reaffirmation of accreditation of business programs by the AACSB-International is a testament to the hard work our faculty and staff do on a daily basis.”

Best believes a tough national and state economy may impact higher education, but he’s committed to helping HCBA move forward.

“While we face some challenges in the coming years because of likely budget cuts from the state, I am confident that, with the continued efforts of my Harmon College of Business colleagues, we will continue to provide excellent and innovative programs for our students.  As always, we will evolve curriculum and programs to meet the ever-changing needs of students, the business community and our constituents,” he said.

In addition to his service to HCBA, Best has a strong record of participation in department, college and university committees, and has previously served on the Faculty Senate and a number of senate committees. He also has a solid record of scholarly research. Such accomplishments have included publishing numerous articles in refereed journals and making presentations at professional conferences for groups such as the Financial Management Association, International Academy of Business and Economics, Midwest Finance Association, and Southern Finance Association, just to name a few.

Best began his higher education at Georgia College in Milledgeville, now Georgia College and State University, where he earned a BSBA in Management in 1989. Additional study led to a Ph.D. in Finance at The Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1996.