Robert Beatty named dean of Rohrer College of Business

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Rowan University has appointed Dr. Robert Beatty as the new dean of the Rohrer College of Business, effective July 1, 2012. Beatty comes to the university from his position of dean of the School of Global Commerce & Management at Whitworth University, in Spokane, Wash. He is succeeding Dr. Niranjan Pati, who is returning to the faculty.
Rowan University has appointed Dr. Robert Beatty as the new dean of the Rohrer College of Business, effective July 1, 2012. Beatty comes to the university from his position of dean of the School of Global Commerce & Management at Whitworth University, in Spokane, Wash. He is succeeding Dr. Niranjan Pati, who is returning to the faculty.

The Rohrer College of Business is accredited by AACSB International and was named by the Princeton Review as one of the “294 Best Business Schools” in its 2012 edition.  
The College employs nearly 50 full-time faculty and staff members and offers more than 1,000 students bachelor’s degrees in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, management, marketing and management information systems and also offers a master’s degree in business administration. Beatty is joining the Rohrer faculty as the College celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“Robert Beatty has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovative thinking at Whitworth and other institutions, and he exhibits the strengths we need to continue to build upon an already-strong program,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “He has the background to move the Rohrer College of Business forward, to ensure collaborations on and off campus and to cultivate stronger relations with the business community and with our region in general.”

The new dean has had broad leadership roles in academia, business and the military, with extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, marketing, collaborations with the business community and student development.

“The College is completing four decades of providing its dedicated students with a transformational educational experience that prepares them for leadership roles in today’s high-velocity global business marketplace,” Beatty said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with the members of the University community to build on the College’s remarkable reputation as an acknowledged leader in business education.”

Beatty is an accomplished scholar and educator. His research in the areas of strategic information systems and e-commerce has been published in leading academic journals and professional publications. Beatty also has received numerous teaching excellence awards during his academic career.

Beatty earned a D.B.A. in business information systems from Mississippi State University, an M.B.A. from Mississippi State University, a M.C.S.M (Master of Computer Systems Management) from Creighton University and a B.A. in computer science from Texas Christian University.

He has served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Miami University, Texas Christian University and Northern Illinois University. Additionally, he has worked in business and industry for the Kellogg Company, Amerada Hess Corporation and the United States Air Force.

Beatty is a lieutenant colonel and special agent in the United States Air Force Reserve. He serves as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 1st Field Investigations Squadron, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Travis AFB, Calif. Beatty has more than 22 years in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Beatty and his wife, Raynette, are the parents of two adult children, Shelby and Sean.

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