Dr. McRae C. "Mac" Banks Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professor
It is an honor to serve as dean of the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. As I reach the mid-point of my 5th year, let me share what excited me so much about the school when I began my post here — and where we are headed as we continue down an exciting path of growth and accomplishment.
When I interviewed for the position of dean, the Bryan School offered a combination of selling points that I found irresistible. I witnessed an incredible amount of mutual respect between faculty and students. Bryan School faculty members believe in their students; this was overwhelmingly clear. They told me their students were bright, hardworking and committed to high performance in the classroom even while working part- or full-time.
When I met with students, it was obvious that they, too, had a great deal of admiration for their faculty. “They are dedicated and extremely caring,” students remarked. “Their courses are challenging, but they go out of their way to ensure that I understand the content.”
This kind of relationship between students and faculty is rare in large, public universities, and it is largely what makes the Bryan School so strong. It told me that the Bryan School was a special place to be.
Throughout my tenure as dean, I have seen firsthand what outstanding faculty and students bring to the school. Our faculty members are not just great teachers, but also great researchers who publish highly valued work in top journals. They integrate their cutting edge knowledge into the classroom, years before it ever gets into an academic journal or textbook. In turn, our students are well prepared. They engage with the business community on a local and global scale. They are in demand because they understand how to solve problems ethically, innovatively, globally and sustainably.
As one of the largest business schools in the state of North Carolina— with award-winning students, internationally recognized faculty and great rankings — what is next for the Bryan School?
We are on the path to becoming the premier business school among fine, regional public universities such as Georgia State, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Texas at Arlington.
Whether you are a student, a faculty member, an alumnus, a partner or a donor, you are a part of our story today and you are part of our tomorrow. I am so proud of this academic community and delighted to help navigate its thrilling evolution.