FLORENCE---M. Barry O’Brien has been appointed interim dean of the School of Business at Francis Marion University.
O’Brien, currently director of the Master of Business Administration program, replaces Jack Goebel who is stepping down as dean to return to the teaching faculty.
In other administrative appointments announced by Provost Richard Chapman, Robert T. Barrett, who has been associate provost for the last two years, will become associate dean of the School of Business.
Replacing Barrett as associate provost is Donald E. Kelley who will be responsible for the university’s graduate programs, summer school and distance learning and outreach activities.
Replacing O’Brien as director of the M.B.A. program will be Ben L. Kyer, professor of economics. All appointments are effective July 1.
An associate professor of economics, O’Brien has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1988. He was FMU’s Distinguished Professor for 2000-2001. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he also served as chairman of the Department of Business Administration. He also has been a visiting professor at Clemson University.
A native of Philadelphia, O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Pembroke and a doctorate in economics from the University of South Carolina.
O’Brien has written numerous articles and presented papers at scholarly meetings. He is a reviewer for Studies in Economic Analysis and the Southeastern Institute of Management Sciences. He is a member of the Southeastern Economics Association, Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society in Economics, Southern Economics Association and is faculty adviser to the Economics Society.
Active in the international education program at FMU, O’Brien has served on a number of university committees and as a member of the Faculty Senate. As a consultant, he has done professional work for many businesses and organizations throughout the state, and he conducted the feasibility study for Florence minor league ice hockey in 1995.
Barrett came to FMU in 1989 as a professor of management. He was an assistant professor of management at Clemson from 1984 to 1989, taught at Virginia Tech from 1981 to 1984, and at East Carolina University from 1978 to 1980.
Barrett earned his doctoral degree in management science and industrial engineering and operations research at Virginia Tech. He received a M.B.A. degree from East Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A native of Columbia, Kelley joined the FMU faculty in 1970. In 1975, he took the position of chairman of the department of business administration at UNC Pembroke, but returned to Francis Marion in 1981 as professor of business administration.
Kelley received his bachelor’s degree, M.B.A. degree and doctorate in management from the University of South Carolina
Kyer, a native of Gassaway, W.Va., joined the FMU faculty in 1989. He has also taught at Berry College in Georgia.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College and master’s and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University.
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