UNCP’s School of Business restructures leadership


The School of Business rolled out a new organizational structure for 2006, according to Dean Eric Dent. Three new departmental chairs have been created.


Eric Dent

Dr. Ed Powers will chair the Management, Marketing and International Business Department. Dr. Stephen Bukowy will chair the Accounting and Information Technology Department. Dr. Ramin Maysami will chair the Economics and Finance Department.

“This will structure us to better help our students with their academic and career pursuits,” Dr. Dent said.

The School of Business offers two majors, business administration (with seven areas of concentration) and accounting, as well as graduate study in business administration (MBA). Assistant Dean Cammie Hunt will continue to serve in Student Enrichment and Success, Dr. Rick Crandall continues to direct AACSB accreditation and Dr. Carmen Calabrese the MBA program.

“This packages our programs and faculty into more recognizable ways for our students and other stakeholders,” Dr. Dent said. “I am pleased with the progress the School of Business has made, and I look forward to working with these three chairs who are all very gifted individuals. They are assuming very important roles for the University and the School of Business as we move closer to AACSB accreditation, developing more learning outcome assessment, and deciding about new initiatives, among many other responsibilities.”

ed_powers.jpgDr. Ed Powers: A native of West Virginia, Dr. Powers received his Ph.D. in management from the University of South Carolina. During his 18 years at UNCP, he has been chair of the Business Department, interim dean and director of undergraduate business programs. He recently won Adolph Dial awards for community service and scholarship. Prior to joining UNCP’s faculty, Dr. Powers taught at the University of North Dakota, Clemson University, East Carolina University and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

stephen_bukowy.jpgDr. Stephen Bukowy: A Philadelphia, Pa., native, Dr. Bukowy is in his 12th year at UNCP. He was a past director of the MBA program and is coordinator of UNCP’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. He is chair of the Faculty Award Committee and Curriculum Subcommittee. Before joining UNCP, he was an assistant professor at Bradley University. Dr. Bukowy received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the College of William and Mary and did his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

ramin_maysami.jpgDr. Ramin Maysami: Dr. Maysami, joined UNCP following a 9-year stay in Singapore where he conducted research in financial services and served as consultant to several financial institutions and government agencies, in addition to teaching in the country’s premier school of business, Nanyang Business School. He taught at the University of Illinois at Springfield prior to his departure for Singapore. Dr. Maysami is an avid researcher and writer in the areas of regulation of financial institutions, interest-free banking and finance, entrepreneurship and, most recently, online learning. His publications appear in academically refereed and professional journals. He serves on the editorial board of Asia Financial Planning Journal and is a regular presenter, reviewer and discussant at academic conferences. Dr. Maysami received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

For more information about the School of Business, please call 910.521.6209 or email business@uncp.edu.