Schwager named dean of ECU business school
The Daily Reflector
Monday, February 18, 2019
East Carolina University has named Paul Schwager as its sixth dean of the College of Business.
The appointment was approved by the ECU Board of Trustees during a special meeting on Monday afternoon and begins July 1, a university official said.
Schwager has served as the college’s interim dean since the summer of 2018, when former dean Stanley Eakins returned to the faculty as a professor of finance.
Provost Ron Mitchelson said Schwager is the ideal choice to continue growing the university’s College of Business, which is one of the largest in North Carolina and is home to the state’s first named school of entrepreneurship.
“I am so very pleased that Dr. Paul Schwager has accepted this opportunity to lead at ECU,” Mitchelson said. “He possesses a rare combination of local intelligence and national identity.
“Paul’s deep understanding of, and commitment to, ECU’s mission of student success and regional transformation will serve the institution and the east very well indeed,” Mitchelson said. “I see nothing but a bright future for our College of Business under Dr. Schwager’s guidance.”
A news release said that Carter Baldwin conducted the national search, which included campus visits with three finalists.
“ECU’s business school has enjoyed extraordinary growth over the years and its graduates and their employers often speak to the great work that happens there every day,” Chancellor Cecil Staton said. “Paul Schwager is a highly respected leader on the ECU team and his track record and well-established leadership skills make me fully confident that he will take this program to an even higher level.”
Schwager joined ECU in 2003 as a faculty member in management information systems, the news release said.
In 2009, he was named assistant dean for assessment, accreditation and curriculum, the release said. A year later, Schwager was named associate dean, where he served as the second-rank administrator and member of the COB’s executive leadership team. During his tenure at ECU, Schwager has leveraged his research that focuses on the strategic use of information technology. He created and enhanced COB’s organizational capabilities as they pertain to strategic planning, resource alignment, e-commerce, internet-mediated relationships and branding.
Schwager has served on more than 30 campuswide committees and task forces, according to the release.
As the new dean, Schwager will also serve as the W. Howard Rooks distinguished professor, which was established to provide additional support for the position.
“With more than 28,000 alumni nationwide, the College of Business has a foundation that is as strong as any college of business in the state,” Schwager said. “I want to engage the COB’s alumni and its supporters so we can continue building on our foundation and guiding tomorrow's leaders through their college experiences.”
Schwager earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University, his MBA from Florida Atlantic University and his doctorate from Auburn University. He has published more than 30 journal articles and conference proceedings.
Professionally, he is an active member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, where he previously served as chairman of the associate dean's affinity group. He also is chairing AACSB’s volunteer advisory group, an international group that assists with the reviewing and revising of strategies for volunteer engagement, training, deployment and recognition.
ECU’s College of Business enrolls approximately 4,200 business undergraduate and 900 graduate students and has almost 200 faculty and staff members.
“The students and the people of ECU and the College of Business are why I’m here,” Schwager said. “I look forward to working with the entire COB and university to ensure we can make an impact on the individual and eastern North Carolina.”
Schwager’s appointment now goes to the president of the UNC System for approval and then to the UNC Board of Governors.