The University of Kentucky has tapped a leader of Texas A&M University's business college to head its Gatton College of Business and Economics.
David W. Blackwell, who is associate dean for graduate programs at Texas A&M's Mays Business School, is expected to join UK in the spring semester after his hiring is approved by the university's Board of Trustees at its Dec. 13 meeting.
"I am very excited and energized about becoming dean at the Gatton College," Blackwell, 52, said in a statement. "Gatton is a strong business school that is well positioned to raise its level of accomplishment and profile."
Blackwell replaces D. Sudharshan, who had been dean from July 2003 until May, when he decided to return to a faculty position in the College's School of Management.
Blackwell earned both his bachelor's degree in economics and his doctorate in finance at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He taught at the University of Georgia, the University of Houston and Emory University in Atlanta before joining the faculty at Texas A&M.
At Texas A&M, he led the business college's finance department from July 2002 until January 2008, when he took over his current role, which includes oversight of MBA programs, master's degree offerings and the school's Graduate Business Career Services.
Blackwell also has worked with accounting firms Price waterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
"Blackwell has the right set of skills and experiences to move the Gatton College to an even higher level," UK Provost Kumble R. Subbaswamy said in a statement. "He has been very entrepreneurial in finding support for his initiatives at Texas A&M.
"This experience will serve Gatton's students, faculty and all of its constituencies very well."
Blackwell addressed funding issues in his statement, emphasizing that he has been able to "grow and strengthen programs in the Mays Business School by bringing in new revenues and reinvesting those dollars in student and faculty support and research."
"It will be our goal to do the same at Gatton," he said.