Larry Johnson Named Dalton State Business School Dean; Other Faculty Promoted

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By a unanimous vote of the faculty of Dalton State’s School of Business, Dr. Larry Johnson has been named the new Dean, and Dr. Mike D’Itri has been named Associate Dean. 

Dr. Johnson, also named Professor of Economics, has served the last year as Interim Dean and previously was Associate Dean. He has been a member of the Dalton State faculty since 2005. Prior to coming to Dalton State, Johnson worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. 

In addition to his administrative duties as Dean, Dr. Johnson has been instrumental in creating the School of Business’s Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship which publishes a semiannual newsletter, Business Analytics, featuring articles on economics and entrepreneurship for Northwest Georgia. CERE also hosts speakers and workshops. He continues his research in the areas of economics, finance, and risk management; results of his research have been published in journals including The Journal of Energy Markets; Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal; Academy of Banking Studies Journal; International Journal of Commerce and Management; Journal of The International Academy of Case Studies; and Education & Training Journal. 

Several other faculty promotions were also announced at Dalton State. Dr. Sharon Hixon will serve as Interim Dean for the School of Education and Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar will serve as Interim Dean for the School of Health Professions. Dr. Kerry Dunbar will serve as Interim Chair for the Department of Natural Sciences. The Department of Humanities within the School of Liberal Arts will be split, and Dr. Kris Barton will serve as the Interim Chair for the new Department of Communication. Ms. Lisa Hunt of the Department of Allied Health has been promoted to Assistant Professor. Promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor are Dr. Sharon Beavers, School of Education; Dr. Robert Ford, Department of Mathematics; Ms. Orenda Gregory, School of Education; Dr. Doyle Loughren, Department of Social Sciences; and Dr. Sarah Mergel, Department of Social Sciences. Dr. Tom Gonzalez of the Department of Mathematics was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. 

Receiving tenure are Dr. Kris Barton, Department of Humanities; Ms. Cathy Hunsicker, Department of Humanities; Ms. Sylvia King, School of Health Professions; and Ms. Marge Shirilla, Department of Social Work. Promoted to Associate Professor and receiving tenure are Dr. Matthew Chenoweth, Department of Natural Sciences; Dr. Emma Cooley, Department of Natural Sciences; and Dr. Marina Smitherman, Department of Natural Sciences. 

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