FLORENCE---Two academic department heads have been named at Francis Marion University, effective with the beginning of the second semester.
Neil F. Riley has been named chairman of the Department of Business Administration and Economics in the School of Business, and Kenneth D. Kitts has been appointed chairman of the Department of Political Science, History and Geography.
Both appointments were made by Provost Joseph E. Heyward upon the recommendation of the respective department’s faculty. Riley heads a department of 22 faculty and 556 undergraduate majors and 62 graduate students. Kitts will oversee a faculty of 17 and 153 student majors.
“These two professors have distinguished themselves in the classroom, and I am delighted that both have agreed to assume leadership positions at the university,” said Heyward.
Riley, who is the Wachovia Bank of South Carolina Professor of Financial Management, has been at FMU since 1991. He taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Mississippi before coming to FMU.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a master’s in business administration at the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in finance at the University of Mississippi.
An associate professor of political science, Kitts joined the FMU faculty in 1987. He served as interim department chair in 1997. He has previous teaching experience at Appalachian State University and the University of South Carolina.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
Both men have served on a number of university committees and published several articles.