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Jan. 24, 2007

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James Dean named to top academic post
at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

James W. “Jim” Dean Jr. has been selected as the next senior associate dean for academic affairs at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Dean will assume the business school’s top academic post July 1. He succeeds Douglas A. Shackelford, whose term expires June 30.

“Doug Shackelford has done a fantastic job, but I know he longs to return to his passions of research and teaching,” said Dean Steve Jones. “We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for taking on this vitally important leadership role and for his dedication to making UNC Kenan-Flagler the best school it can be.”

“One of Jim’s priorities will be to increase the size of our faculty while retaining our high standards for excellence in teaching and research,” Jones said.

Dean, a professor of organizational behavior and strategy, has been associate dean of executive education at UNC Kenan-Flagler since July 1, 2002. The business school will conduct a national search to find his successor.

Dean was associate dean of the MBA program from 1998-2002. He increased the number and global reach of non-degree programs, which are ranked among the world’s best by the Financial Times and Business Week.

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UNC journalism student from Charlotte
chosen as finalist for magazine’s national award

Katie Test, a senior journalism major from Charlotte, has been selected as a finalist in the national student-of-the-year competition for the public relations trade magazine PRWeek.

Test will compete in a final day of judging in New York on (Monday) Jan. 29. The awards ceremony to announce the winner will be held there March 9.

Test is one of five finalists in the contest, sponsored by Hill & Knowlton public relations firm, which challenged students to design a communications plan for Motorola.

Test’s plan positions Motorola as a first responder in national disasters to assist emergency responders and rebuild wireless networks for victims. She recommends that Motorola partner with the volunteer organization Hands-On Network to establish an employee volunteer program to help rebuild communities. The plan also advocates that the Motorola CEO and other company executives begin a speaking tour to help cities set up disaster-ready communication networks.

“The plan I designed is straight-ahead corporate reputation,” said Test. “I wanted to do something that involved corporate giving and tied in Motorola’s technology strengths. After volunteering with Hands-On in Biloxi (Miss.) after Katrina, I decided that would be the perfect way for Motorola to give back.”   

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Photo URLs:
Dean: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/Faculty/search/detail.cfm?person_id=82
Test: http://www.unc.edu/news/pics/students/KatieTest.jpg

Kenan-Flagler contact: Allison Adams, (919) 962-7235, aadams@unc.edu

Journalism school contact: Kyle York, (919) 966-3323, skyork@email.unc.edu