Shao named dean at College of Charleston

(Press release courtesy of College of Charleston)

Alan T. Shao has been named the new dean of the School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston.

Shao comes to the College after serving as the Associate Dean for Global and Professional Programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was also a professor of Marketing and Global Business in the Belk College of Business.

He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Alabama in 1989. He has lectured extensively throughout East Asia and is a marketing research consultant to numerous businesses, including Coca-Cola, Nissan, First Union National Bank, Hendrick Motor Sports (NASCAR), Carolina Panthers (NFL), Decision One Mortgage, Unifi Technology, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Fuel Pizza, and Foley & Lardner Law Firm. He has served as Executive Research Director at Ashton Brand Group and CEO of Apex Global Group.

Shao has published in over fifty refereed journals and is the author of Marketing Research: An Aid to Decision-Making (third edition, 2007). In 2005, the Journal of Advertising named Shao as one of the most prolific individual contributors to international advertising research, based on his total contributions to top marketing journals.

His tenure begins on March, 15, 2009.

Belk College Dean Joseph Mazzola said, "We at the Belk College and UNC Charlotte will surely missAlan's leadership, creativity, energy, and collegiality, butthis is a wonderful opportunity for Alan and his family. The College of Charleston is fortunate to be gaining such a capable, dynamic, and energetic talent to lead their business school."