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School of Business announces 2 visiting chairs of excellence

This spring, the Austin Peay State University School of Business will have two visiting chairs of excellence who will work with students, faculty and the local community.

Erie Chapman, founding president and chief executive officer of Baptist Healing Trust in Nashville and a longtime health care industry executive, is the 2007 Foundation Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise. Chapman will be on campus only in the Spring 2007 term.
This spring, the Austin Peay State University School of Business will have two visiting chairs of excellence who will work with students, faculty and the local community.

Erie Chapman, founding president and chief executive officer of Baptist Healing Trust in Nashville and a longtime health care industry executive, is the 2007 Foundation Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise. Chapman will be on campus only in the Spring 2007 term.

Dr. Arkalgud “Ram” Ramaprasad, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois in Chicago, is the Harper-Bourne Chair of Excellence. The chair is a temporary, one-semester assignment for Spring 2007.

“It's exciting to have them with us this spring,” said Dr. William Rayburn, director of the APSU School of Business. “They each have unique backgrounds and activities.”

Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of business and community leader serving as chair of the local Chamber of Commerce and hospital board, said APSU and the surrounding community stand to gain from the visiting chairs.

“Given the breadth of expertise and practice of Mr. Chapman and Dr. Ramaprasad, this is a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty within and beyond the School of Business as well as for our community to learn from these individuals,” she said. “Although Mr. Chapman's focus is with health care organizations, his interests in spirituality and the arts as they relate to organizational development and innovation are reflective of current trends in leadership development across corporate sectors. All disciplines and organizations are facing significant changes and challenges in the management of information systems, which is Dr. Ramaprasad's area of expertise.”

Chapman will teach the Emerging Issues in Management course, an elective for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Management program. A noted author and speaker with executive experience, his research interests involve the role of spirituality and the arts in business.

Rayburn said Chapman will lead two non-classroom events in April, open to the public, focusing on those themes.

In addition to his founding roles at Baptist Healing Trust, Chapman is founding editor of the Journal of Sacred Work and the National Literary Review. He also is a prize-winning photographer and music composer of three albums.

Chapman has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., a master's from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, and a law degree from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Ramaprasad, who has collaborated with Rayburn in writing scholarly works and served as Rayburn's dissertation chair, will be a guest in the Technology and Information Systems Management course. In addition, Ramaprasad will mentor faculty about external funding, including grant writing. He also is working on a strategic analysis of the business program.

He has served in a number of faculty positions and administrative roles in higher education, earning several research accomplishments. Ramaprasad has designed and taught a variety of courses, both undergraduate and graduate levels, on management of information, information systems, information technology and strategic management.

Ramaprasad earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Mysore, Karnataka, India.

For more information, contact the APSU School of Business by telephone at (931) 221-7674. -- Melony Leazer