Texas A&M University-Commerce
3:35 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Dean Langford to Step Down, Return to Faculty & Administrative Assignment

COMMERCE - Dr. Hal Langford, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (CBE) since 2001, announced this week that he will step down from his post, effective September 19, 2012. 

“As dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Dean Langford’s work has touched virtually every student on campus.” said university president, Dan Jones.   “From the beginning, Dean Langford has been innovative, thought-provoking, and far-sighted.  I’m grateful both for his service and for the fact he’ll remain on our faculty to continue enriching the lives of our students.”

Langford will return to a faculty position in the Department of Business Administration and MIS and will also serve as coordinator of recruiting and marketing for Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall.  He will begin by developing a marketing prospectus and will review and prepare curriculum for his upcoming teaching assignments.         

The College of Business and Entrepreneurship is AACSB accredited, the highest level of accreditation for business schools.  Only 25 percent of U.S. business schools achieve AACSB International accreditation, the hallmark of excellence in management education. 

Under Langford’s management, the CBE received several awards, including the AACSB Online MBA Rankings Best Affordable Accredited Online MBA Programs, Top Ranked Best Buy Masters Management/Administration, and the #5 Rank for Online MBA programs in US News & World Report.

“I’ve had mixed reactions to Dr. Langford’s decision to step down from the deanship and return to the faculty” said Gary Peer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “While his energy, creativity and good humor in the deanship and his forward thinking in the design and delivery of instruction will be difficult to replace, at best, his return to teaching will clearly be an asset to the College of Business and Entrepreneurship and, I trust, rewarding to him personally.   I thank him for his many contributions and extend to him sincere best wishes in the years ahead.”

Dr. Dale Funderburk, interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship will continue to serve in his current role until a permanent replacement for Dr. Langford has been identified.