Changes are forthcoming in several key administrative posts, as Associate Dean and Executive MBA Director Dr. John Dinkel will retire in January 2005.

Since joining Texas A&M University in 1980, Dinkel has held numerous administrative posts. He served as head of the Department of Business Analysis, associate provost for Texas A&M Computing and Information Systems, and associate vice chancellor for information resources for the Texas A&M University System. In his current post, he was largely responsible for the creation and implementation of Mays’ Executive MBA Program, which he also oversees.

Dr. Bala Shetty will assume the position of associate dean for graduate programs. Shetty currently serves as the department head and PhD coordinator for the Department of Information & Operations Management. He has also held faculty positions at Southern Methodist University and the Madrid Business School in Spain, and he served as a Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1996.

Effective in September, Dr. Dean Wichern will serve the remainder of Shetty’s two-year term as department head. Wichern has taught a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The results of his research, in such fields as experimental design and marketing and economics, have appeared in several academic journals. Wichern has also co-authored four textbooks.