FLORENCE---M. Barry O’Brien has been appointed dean of the School of Business at Francis Marion University, effective immediately.
FMU President Fred Carter made the announcement today, following a recommendation from the School of Business faculty. O’Brien’s appointment is a four-year renewable term.
“Barry O’Brien is a productive scholar, an exceptional teacher and a natural leader who works well with the business community,” said Carter. “I’m delighted to accept this recommendation from the business faculty. I applaud the judgment of my colleagues.”
O’Brien has served as interim dean since June 2001. 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 and formerly headed FMU’s Master of Business Administration program. 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 has been a reviewer for Studies in Economic Analysis. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Economics, 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.
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