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UNT Insider | March 2008 Issue | Faculty Focus

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Finley Graves named dean of College of Business Administration

From a UNT News Service press release

O. Finley Graves

O. Finley Graves has been named dean of UNT's College of Business Administration, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The appointment is effective April 1.

As dean, Graves will be responsible for the college's academic, fiscal and personnel matters and will represent the college to external constituencies.

Graves has served as interim dean since August, replacing Kathleen Cooper, who stepped down from the deanship to pursue her interests in national economic and energy policy issues. Graves arrived at UNT in 2002 as a professor of accounting and chairman of the accounting department. In January 2007, Graves became the college's associate dean for academic affairs.

During his tenure at UNT, Graves has served on numerous committees, including the committee to plan a new Business Leadership Complex at UNT, which he currently chairs. He served as advisor to the UNT Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants from 2002 to 2007. Graves received the Council of Business Students Faculty of the Year Award in 2006.

"Finley is an accomplished and respected academic and practitioner in the business world and he has led our College of Business Administration with great ability and vision during his tenure as interim and as an associate dean and department chair," says Provost Wendy K. Wilkins. "I look forward to what the college will accomplish in the future under his guidance and know that our students today and in the future will receive the best business education available by choosing to study at UNT."

Prior to joining UNT, Graves was professor and head of the Department of Accounting at Kansas State University, professor of accounting at the University of Mississippi and visiting professor of accounting at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He also was a faculty member at the University of Alabama, where he served as chair of the Department of German and Russian.

"It is an exciting time to become dean of the College of Business at UNT," Graves says. "Our new administration's various efforts to enhance the academic experience at UNT, the prospect of a new business leadership building and the fast pace of change in business education today all offer great opportunities for the college.

"I am especially grateful for the confidence the administration, faculty and staff have shown in me, and I look forward to serving them."

Graves is a certified public accountant licensed in Mississippi. He was a staff accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) before launching his teaching career.

At Ole Miss he was named the School of Accountancy's Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Researcher twice each. Also at Ole Miss, he received the campus-wide Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship.

Graves is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Tau Alpha Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Delta Sigma Pi, Pi Delta Phi and Delta Phi Alpha honorary societies; and he has been a Germanistic Society of America/Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.

He earned a Ph.D. in 1985 and a master's in accounting in 1979, both at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. Earlier, he earned a Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in modern German literature from Rice University and a bachelor's degree in modern languages from the University of Mississippi.

UNT News Service Press Release
Mark Wright can be contacted at mwright@unt.edu.

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