C. Aaron Kelley has been named dean of the E. Craig Wall
College of Business Administration and professor of management at
Coastal Carolina University, effective Aug. 1.
Kelley comes to Coastal from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio,
where he has served as professor of management systems since 1993.
While at Ohio University, he also served as dean of the College of
Business from 1993 to 1996, and as assistant vice president of regional
higher education from 1996 to 1997.
Prior to his tenure at Ohio University, Kelley was with the
University of Louisville from 1981 to 1993. While at Louisville, Kelley
served as associate professor of management, chair of the department of
management, associate dean of the School of Business and associate dean
of the College of Business and Public Administration.
Kelley earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland,
an MBA from the University of Utah, a Ph.D. from the University of
North Texas, and completed the Harvard Management Development Program
at Harvard University.
A native of Waxahachie, Texas, he served in the U.S. Air Force as
a computer systems manager in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Kelley has also held a variety of management positions in business
and is a consultant in the areas of strategic management, continuous
improvement process, and multicultural diversity. He has traveled
extensively throughout the world and taught at numerous universities,
including the University of Louisville, University of Colorado, Chinese
University of Hong Kong and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Kelley's
primary research and writing interests focus on strategic management,
planning, multiculturalism, distance learning and competitive
"We are delighted to attract someone of Dr. Kelley's ability and
experience to Coastal Carolina University," said John Idoux, provost
and vice president for Academic Affairs at Coastal. "His previous
assignments as a department chair and a dean, and his extensive
involvement and review experience with the AACSB International -
Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business
accrediting organization will be valuable assets in his leadership
position as dean of the Wall College of Business."
More than 65 applicants applied for the position of dean.