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Hatfield named associate dean of Gordon Ford College of Business

Dr. Bob Hatfield, Executive MBA Coordinator and Professor of Management, was recently selected as the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU.

Dr. Bob Hatfield

Dr. Hatfield’s appointment will begin July 1 and is subject to approval by the WKU Board of Regents.

According to Dr. Jeff Katz, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business: “Dr. Hatfield will continue to lead our college in creating and implementing MBA programs but will also become our point person for advancing all graduate programs offered by our college, creating and offering non-credit executive education programs and expanding funded and applied research.  Dr. Hatfield’s significant expertise with graduate programs will be critically important as we advance our high quality graduate education and research initiatives.”

The WKU MBA program has grown to include the new Professional MBA (PMBA) program and an accelerated full-time program under the leadership of Dr. Hatfield.  A number of achievements have recently been accomplished: the PMBA “weekend” program is now offered at the Owensboro campus; the full-time program is the only MBA program in the state with a sustainability concentration; and WKU graduates ranked in the top 20 percent in the nation in a standardized assessment.

“I look forward to advancing the wonderful selection of graduate degrees now offered in the Gordon Ford College,” Dr. Hatfield said.  “Our new Masters in Accountancy (MAcc), our Masters of Arts in Applied Economics, and our MBA add together to provide our region with three excellent choices for an advanced business degree.”

WKU and the Gordon Ford College of Business are both dedicated to supporting funded and applied research, Dr. Hatfield said. “I am very excited about developing training and development programs which will serve our thriving businesses and organizations.”

Dr. Hatfield has co-authored six textbooks, published dozens of research articles, and has won teaching honors at two different universities.  He holds the Lessenberry Endowed Chair for Business Education at WKU and has served as Chair of Management, Marketing, and Real Estate at Morehead State University.  Dr. Hatfield has taught seminars, led study-abroad programs and developed international relationships in seven nations including China, France, Spain and India.  Dr. Hatfield won the 2011 Vitale Award for Initiative, Innovation, & Leadership in the college.  Dr. Hatfield also serves as an experienced management consultant.

The Gordon Ford College of Business is among an elite group of business colleges accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International.  The college also maintains four Centers of Excellence that specialize in applied programs in economics, entrepreneurship, professional selling, and the study of capitalism.

Contact: Kristina Harvey, (270) 745- 2279.

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