Annette L. Ranft, senior associate dean of academic affairs and the Reagan Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, has been named the Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean of North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. The new appointment is effective July 1, 2016.
Ranft joined Haslam in 2011 as the associate dean of academic programs and subsequently became the college’s senior associate dean. She helped reconstitute the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Council and launch the college’s strategic planning process. She also served as chief architect of the new departmental funding and graduate funding models.
“I feel privileged to have been part of the Haslam College of Business and the tremendous growth it has experienced over the last five years,” said Ranft. “I’m so proud of the path that the college is on, and I cannot wait to see it prosper even more.”
Dean Steve Mangum said that Ranft has been integral to Haslam’s rise and has helped guide its strategic forethought.
“Her impact on the college has been profound,” Mangum said. “I first met Annette in the dean’s search process. My assessment of her capabilities and what could be accomplished as a team were important factors in my decision to join UT. Working with her over these three years has exceeded even those lofty expectations.”
Haslam will restructure its leadership upon Ranft’s departure to form a new position—associate dean for research and faculty. Charlie Noble, the Proffitt’s Professor of Marketing at Haslam, will hold the new post in the interim while a formal search is conducted.
Noble currently serves as Haslam’s doctoral programs coordinator and the Marketing Ph.D. program director. He also is associated with the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Research Council member. Noble joined the Haslam faculty in 2011. Previously, he was a faculty member of the business school at University of Mississippi, where he directed the MBA and Ph.D. programs from 2004 to 2009.