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Dean Banks receives first Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship

Photo of Dean McRae BanksWhen Dean McRae Banks joined UNCG in 2011, he was awarded the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professorship.

Subsequently a gift specifically targeted for the dean of the Bryan School, the Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship, was completed.

Upon the recommendation of Provost Dana Dunn, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has appointed Dr. Banks to the Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship.

Before joining UNCG, Banks had served since 1995 as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Business, in Worcester, Mass. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial engineering programs.

Prior to WPI, Banks held academic appointments at Mississippi State University (1987-1995) and Radford University (1982-1987), where he founded the Small Business Institute and taught a course in Small Business Consulting.

In addition to his academic interest in entrepreneurship, he founded two small businesses in the service sector and held managerial and executive positions in small manufacturing and small retail organizations, working directly with the founders in both. In the academic sector he founded the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (WPI), and centers for small business consulting, and training and development (Radford University).

Additionally, he served as Acting Director of the Agribusiness Institute (ABI) at Mississippi State University, a joint venture between the Colleges of Business and Agriculture that he co-founded, and was one of three co-founders of the Mississippi Furniture Manufacturing Quality Conference and the Furniture Manufacturing Management Program. He has also has held elected senior leadership positions in three different professional societies.