Dr. Ice Named Interim Dean of College of Business
Dr. Randal Ice, interim dean of UCO College of Business. (Provided/ UCO Photo Services).
Dr. Randal Ice has been named the interim dean of the College of Business, relieving Mickey Hepner of his duties. He has worked as a professor of finance and is the Barnabus Endowed Chair.
“Unlike the academic chairs that report to deans, deans do not have prescribed terms,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. John Barthell. The there will be a national search in order to select a permanent dean for the College of Business.
“A dean serves as the chief executive officer of a college at a university,” said Barthell. “Deans typically are representative of the expertise found within that college. For example, Dr. Ice originates from the Department of Finance, a key discipline found in any business college.”
According to Barthell, Dean Hepner left the faculty of the Economics Department to help guide the college to Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, in which he served as dean of the college. The AACBS website described the organization as a global business education network and association.
A Special Centralities was sent out by Barthell regarding the soon-to-be dean. It lists Dr. Ice’s distinctions such as his involvement in developing opportunities for students and study abroad, such as directing the CaSTLE program, Creating a Study Tour Leadership Experience.
Dr. Ice holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.B.A. with distinction from the University of Oklahoma.
Barthell said, “With historic cuts to our institution’s budget during the last two years, the college will now rely on the strong budgetary expertise of Dr. Ice as its interim dean.” It was not specified whether the transition of deans was in connection with the school’s budget cut.
Dr. Ice began his position as interim dean on August 1. There is not a set timeline for when the search for a new dean will be completed.