Baylor Business School Names McCormick Associate Dean

May 12, 2004

by Cynthia J. Jackson

Dr. Terry Maness, dean of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, announced today the appointment of Dr. Blaine McCormick as the business school's associate dean for undergraduate programs. McCormick will succeed Dr. Elizabeth Davis, who has been appointed vice provost for academic relations at the university.

"Blaine is an excellent fit for this post," Maness said. "I am happy that he is bringing his unique gifts to this key position at the Business School, and I'm looking forward to supporting him as he assumes these new responsibilities."

In his new role, McCormick will be responsible for overseeing approximately 3,000 undergraduate students as they progress through their education at the Business School. In addition, he will counsel students on matters of academic performance, as well as review and enforce admissions and graduation policies. McCormick will continue to teach a class in the management and entrepreneurship department.

"The Business School is one of the greatest assets at Baylor University," McCormick said. "We graduate students every semester that came to Baylor solely for the purpose of studying business. I believe that we can attract even more if we work to get the word out about the good things going in the Business School.

"Business can be one of the greatest forces for good in America," he added. "I hope we can create a generation of graduates who view job creation and quality work as part of their life's calling."

McCormick is an award-winning management professor and a leading scholar on the business history of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison. He has published three books, most recently Shepherd Leadership with co-author David Davenport (Jossey-Bass, 2003). His peer-reviewed research has appeared in such journals as the Business History Review and the Journal of Business Ethics.

He currently serves as a Visiting Editor on Volume 6 of The Papers of Thomas A. Edison and is completing a new version of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin for the University of Pennsylvania Press. McCormick's work and research enjoys a wide variety of media coverage including CNN, "ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. His professional experience was gained as a human resource professional with ARCO Oil & Gas Co.

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