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College of Charleston names new business school dean

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The College of Charleston’s School of Business will soon have a new leader.

Paul H. Schwager been named dean of the school, effective July 1, 2022, according to a College of Charleston news release. 

Schwager is currently the dean and W. Howard Rooks Distinguished Professor in the College of Business at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he established the Copeland Diversity & Inclusion Fellows, the Cunanan Center for Professional Success and the Thomas D. Arthur Graduate School of Business, according to the release.

He also reorganized the school’s leadership structure, led a successful Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business peer review and reorganized the Business Advisory Council with a focus on increasing diversity. Prior to being appointed dean in 2019, he served as the school’s interim dean, associate dean and acting associate dean.

“We are honored to have Paul join the College of Charleston,” Suzanne Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in the release. “His leadership and administrative accomplishments, scholarly achievements and fundraising abilities will further elevate our School of Business and the overall academic distinction of the College.”

Also at ECU, Schwager served as assistant dean and interim assistant dean for assessment, accreditation and curriculum, and as professor, associate professor, assistant professor and visiting assistant professor of management information systems in the College of Business, according to the release

Prior to joining ECU, Schwager was an assistant professor of information systems at Appalachian State University’s John A. Walker College of Business from 2000 to 2003. He previously worked in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Schwager holds a doctorate in management of information technology and innovation from Auburn University, an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Palm Beach Atlantic College.

Reach Jason at 864-568-7570.

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