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Faculty member approved by TBR to lead APSU's School of Business

A longtime Austin Peay State University faculty member will lead the School of Business as new director, effective July 1.

The Tennessee Board of Regents on Friday, May 12 approved the appointment of Dr. William Bill Rayburn, who has taught business and management courses at Austin Peay since 1993.

Rayburn, who was Faculty Senate president during the 2004-05 academic year, succeeds Dr. David Denton, who was interim director in 2006-07 while also serving as interim dean of the College of Professional Programs and Social Science.
A longtime Austin Peay State University faculty member will lead the School of Business as new director, effective July 1.

The Tennessee Board of Regents on Friday, May 12 approved the appointment of Dr. William “Bill” Rayburn, who has taught business and management courses at Austin Peay since 1993.

Rayburn, who was Faculty Senate president during the 2004-05 academic year, succeeds Dr. David Denton, who was interim director in 2006-07 while also serving as interim dean of the College of Professional Programs and Social Science.

Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, said Rayburn's leadership will prove an asset for APSU.

“Bill brings a wealth of experience to this new position, and he is particularly valuable because he has worked for many years as a professor of business at APSU,” Speck said. “Bill also has forged relationships across campus through his work as Faculty Senate president, and I believe that he will be a powerful influence in building stronger bonds with the School of Business and the campus community as a whole.”

In the last couple of years, APSU has enjoyed the success of the Master of Science in Management degree program, which allows students from varied academic fields to pursue graduate work in management through the School of Business. The weekend program, designed for students to complete their master's degree in a year, began in Fall 2004.

Rayburn taught courses in that program, focusing on how technology and change can affect management. As new director, Rayburn said he looks forward to building on the success of the M.S.M. and other degrees offered in the School of Business for APSU.

“I'm excited to be a part of Austin Peay's overall effort to contribute to the business community,” Rayburn said.

Rayburn received his Doctorate of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees from Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Rayburn and his wife, Dr. Nell Rayburn, professor of mathematics at APSU, reside in Clarksville.

For more information, contact Dr. Bill Rayburn by telephone at (931) 221-7674 or by e-mail at rayburnw@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer