FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: June 3, 2002

Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS announces new dean of College of Business and Management

SPRINGFIELD -- The University of Illinois at Springfield has announced the appointment of Ronald D. McNeil as dean of the College of Business and Management and professor of Business Administration. The appointment was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its May 15 meeting.

McNeil comes to UIS from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he had been dean of the Charlton College of Business and professor of Management since 1992. At Dartmouth, he served the University of Massachusetts system in a number of capacities including positions on the Economic Development and Continuing Education task forces. He was instrumental in establishing Dartmouth’s National Foundation for Training and Entrepreneurship, which focuses on disadvantaged youths, helping them to develop and implement a business plan.  As a member of the (Massachusetts) Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology, McNeil directed research projects that focused on the textile manufacturing and marine sectors of the state’s economy.

“We are very pleased to have attracted someone of Dr. McNeil’s caliber,” noted UIS Provost Michael Cheney. “His wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, with nonprofit organizations, and with the national and international business and educational communities, will significantly enhance the educational opportunities available to our students.”

McNeil’s primary areas of interest and teaching are strategic management, organizational development and change, and entrepreneurship.  His research interests focus on public policy formulation, international trade and competitive advantages, e-commerce and strategic advantages, and assessment.

 He has participated in and led four trade missions to Asia and six to Europe. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 publications and has made numerous invited presentations in this country and abroad.

McNeil previously served as associate dean, director of graduate programs in business, and professor of management at Bunting School of Business, Georgia College and State University, and was an assistant professor of management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Before entering academia, McNeil was president of a coal mining firm in West Virginia, a senior consultant to Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. armed forces, and manager of a nonprofit organization. He earned the B.A. in communication at Ambassador College, Bricketwood, England, and the B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Memphis.

He succeeds Paul McDevitt, who served as interim dean and will return to his position as associate professor of Business Administration.

UIS’ College of Business and Management houses the departments of Accountancy, Business Administration, Economics, Management, and Management Information Systems.