University of North Texas at Dallas Taps New Dean for School of Business

Jason Garrett, the newly appointed Dean of the School of Business at UNT Dallas has ambitious plans for the institution. Significantly, its business school is a unique institution, being the only one of its kind at a four-year public university in Dallas, he says.

Jason Garrett has been named the new dean of the School of Business at The University of North Texas at Dallas and will start on July 24.

Known for innovation and collaboration, Garrett is an experienced leader and administrator who describes himself as “a passionate advocate of higher education,” UNT Dallas said.

UNT Dallas will be the fourth university at which Garrett has worked during his 27-year career.

“Dr. Garrett appreciates and supports the mission and vision of UNT Dallas. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in business and academia,” Betty Stewart, UNT Dallas provost and EVP of Academic Affairs, said in a statement. “His experience with AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) will be invaluable to the School of Business as they work toward this important milestone.”

For the past six years, Garrett has served as dean of the McAfee School of Business at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Aiming for ‘new levels of excellence’

There, he led his teams in creating additional academic programs, expanded the online curriculum, and established the groundwork for a new business school facility.

Overseeing a team of more than 20 faculty and staff, Garrett led the development of a new strategic plan and mission statement, and advanced community relations with career-oriented events that brought students and working professionals together, UNT Dallas said.

Garrett previously was associate dean of the Foster College of Business at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he started as an assistant professor of marketing. Garrett began his higher education career as a research assistant and graduate instructor for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

“Together we will achieve new levels of excellence for the only School of Business at a four-year public university in Dallas,” Garrett said in a statement. “This will happen by focusing on the goal of impacting the socioeconomic mobility of our students and building on the great work already accomplished in the UNT Dallas School of Business.”

Garrett’s academic research has focused on the behavioral and financial impact of strategic marketing decisions on sales management and business-to-business relationships. UNT Dallas said his findings and peer-reviewed articles have been published in top marketing journals and presented at respected colleges and universities.

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