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7/17/2013 10:12:00 PM
Eastman named interim dean of the Spears School of Business
By Van Mitchell

Ken Eastman, head of the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University said he was a little taken aback when he learned he would be taking on a new working title.

He was recently named interim dean of the Spears School of Business at OSU and started those duties July 11. He replaces Larry Crosby who announced his resignation in June after three years as dean.

"It was shock and surprise," Eastman said. "It took me aback at fi rst. It didn't really sink in until later in the day that I was named to this position. I am humbled and honored to serve the Spears School as interim dean." Eastman said he was honored to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.

"We have a great group of faculty, staff, and students and I look forward to working with them as we continue the momentum we have going," Eastman said. "We have many exciting initiatives underway and I thank Larry Crosby for the leadership he has provided. I also am excited to work with all of our alums and friends, as I share the passion they have for the Spears School of Business."

Eastman said he believes OSU President Burns Hargis will start a replacement search this fall. He said he doesn't know if he will throw his hat into the ring for consideration.

"I just don't know at this point," Eastman said. "I want to see if I like it and if I am any good at it. I'm not really committing at this point until I see how things go and see if I am successful. If both of those conditions aren't met than I won't be. Right now I am just thinking about doing the job until a permanent named."

Eastman has been at the business school since 1989, serving as an assistant professor (1989- 1995), associate professor (1995-present), director of the MBA program (1999- 2003), acting department head (2002-2003), and as the head of the Department of Management (2003- present).

He has been a member of the Academy of Management since 1985.

Eastman was recognized with the Richard W. Poole Faculty Outreach Excellence Award by the Spears School in 2009 and received the School of International Studies Faculty Excellence Award in 2011.

He has served on numerous university committees, including currently serving as a committee chair for the OSU Athletics Council, as a mentor for the First2Go Mentoring Program, and is a member of the Master of Science in Engineering & Technology Management Advisory Board.

] He received an associate's degree in 1980 from Iowa Central Community College, a bachelor's degree in management from Iowa State University in 1982, his master's degree in management from Iowa State in 1985, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Nebraska in 1990.

] Eastman said he will be helping to oversee three key initiatives for the business school; including fundraising for the construction of a new business school building; re-accreditation of the business school and planning for the 100th anniversary of the business school in 2014.

"There are a number of initiatives that we are doing and need to make sure we are doing them in the appropriate way," he said.

Eastman said this fall will be the fi rst time in 25 years that he won't be teaching a class at OSU. He said it will be a new adjustment for him.

"It is something that I miss," Eastman said. "This will be the fi rst semester in 25 years that I haven't taught so I will be a little sad to see that go."

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