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Business dean relieved of duties

Submitted by Kwami K. Kwami on January 19, 2012 – 4:07 pmOne Comment


The UALR College of Business experienced a change in leadership when Dean  Anthony Chelte was relieved of his position earlier this month.As a result of his departure, Jane Wayland will resume her role as interim dean, a position that she previously held from 2007-2009.

“After much consideration, I have concluded that a change in leadership of the College of Business would serve the interests of the college,” Chancellor Joel Anderson said in a memo.

Chelte was previously the dean of the Dillard College of Business Administration, as well as the Louis J. and Ramona Rodriguez Distinguished Professor of Management at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Tex. He will remain at UALR as a tenured faculty member.

Under his leadership, the College of Business achieved, for the first time, a ranking among the top-tier business schools according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 Best College listings, and a Top University Sales Program rating from the Sales Education Foundation.

Additionally, the College grew the largest MBA program in Arkansas accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college hosts the lead Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center and collaborated with the Office of the Governor on the state’s Institute on Economic Advancement, and created the only master’s degree in taxation program in Arkansas.

“We will continue the forward movement of the College,” Wayland said. She served as the chair of the college’s Department of Marketing and Advertising before returning to the post of interim dean.

In his memo, Anderson asked that “all faculty and staff in the College of Business give Dr. Wayland full support and cooperation.”

“I continue to be proud of  the College of Business and the high quality educational programs and services the College provides the community and state,” he said, “I am most appreciative of the faculty and staff in all units of the college for your dedication and hard work. During lean times you have maintained the college’s momentum, and I know that will continue.”


In addition to previously serving as the interim dean for two years, Wayland also served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to coming to UALR, she served as a full professor, the MBA Coordinator, Associate Chair, and Chair of the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University.

Wayland currently serves on the board of Economics Arkansas and on the Delta Trust Women’s Advisory Committee of the SMEI Board. She is also a founding member of the College of Business AME Giving Circle and a member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum.

“The College of Business will continue to forge increasingly stronger relationships with all of the main stakeholders, including local business leaders and the Board of Visitors,” said Judy Williams, director of communications, “The goal upon which everyone agrees is the importance of continuing to design and implement curricula, courses, and majors that prepare our business graduates for the workforce.”

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