The University's Harbert College of Business will soon be lead by faculty member and administrator Joe Hanna.
Hanna will take on the role of interim dean on Jan 1 of next year after serving as the college's associate dean of research and outreach since 2011.
Hanna is filling the position of outgoing Dean Bill Hardgrave, who is beginning his service as the University's provost and VP for academic affairs in January.
"I am honored to serve the Harbert College of Business in this capacity," Hanna said. "It's an exciting time for the Harbert College. Our future is incredibly bright. We have experienced sustained enrollment growth since 2010, expanded our research capabilities through the creation of new centers and the hiring of additional high-quality faculty and improved our alumni and industry engagement. We look forward to building on the momentum generated during Dr. Hardgrave's tenure as dean."
Hanna joined the college in 1999 as an assistant professor of supply chain management. He earned tenure in 2001 and the rank of full professor in 2006. In 2011, he earned the Regions Bank professorship in supply chain management.
As associate dean of research and outreach, Hanna has led a successful expansion of the research enterprise of the Harbert College. His duties have included growing and managing the college's doctoral programs, facilitating the faculty promotion and tenure process and enhancing college research and outreach centers that generated over $2 million in revenue in 2017.