Barrett hired as dean of College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences

Thursday, January 11, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – Dr. Robert T. Barrett has been hired as the new dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at SC State University.

“Dr. Barrett brings to SC State a wealth of experience, knowledge and a passion to see our students achieve a measure of success in their chosen fields,” said SC State President, Andrew Hugine Jr. “We have really taken a lot of time to conduct an extensive search and we’re fortunate to have found the leadership needed to continue positioning the University for the future.”

Prior to joining SC State, Barrett served as associate dean of the School of Business and Palmetto Professor of Management at Francis Marion University. During his tenure at FMU, he also served as director of the MBA program and as associate provost. Barrett previously worked as an assistant professor of management at Clemson University, and has taught at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) and East Carolina University.

Barrett earned a Ph.D. in management science from Virginia Tech, MBA from East Carolina University and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am honored to be named dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at South Carolina State University,” said Barrett.

“As we continue to move into the 21st century, the College will build upon successes of our past and strive to improve our programs in order to produce highly competent graduates who are ready to take leadership roles in their chosen fields,” he continued. “I am excited about the opportunities ahead for the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences and welcome the chance to help the university grow and prosper.”

“We have an outstanding faculty and innovative and creative programs in family and consumer sciences, business, nursing, health and physical education and speech pathology and audiology,” said Barrett. “The College also supports the very successful Military Science program. Our students are enthusiastic and eager to learn.”

Barrett’s teaching and research interests include management science, statistics and operations management. His latest research has focused on regional economic development, including projects studying the impacts of demographic, economic and interstate travel on the South Carolina Education Lottery, and the impacts of increasing state excise cigarette taxes on the health and economy of the state.

Barrett has published scholarly papers in journals including the International Journal of Computers and Operations Research, Production and Inventory Management Journal, Simulation, Journal of Travel and Tourism Management, Coastal Business Review, Summer Academe, Southern Business Review, and Palmetto Review. He is a regular contributor as a reviewer for Decision Sciences and the International Journal of Computers and Operations Research.

He serves on the executive board for the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (SE INFORMS) and as president-elect of the Southeast Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI).

Barrett is an active member of the United Methodist Church, where he has served as a lay leader, youth coordinator, chair of committees on stewardship and outreach and secretary of the administrative board and the long-range planning committee.