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New Leadership in the Departments of Management and Marketing

Mark BuchananMark Buchanan has been selected as the new chair of the Department of Management.

Mark Buchanan is a long-time faculty member, joining the college in 1996 and serving twice as director of International Business Programs. He is a licensed attorney and professor of international business law, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to coming to Boise in 1996 he was a tenured member of the faculty of law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has twice been awarded overseas Fulbright Professorships. He has focused his research interests on corporate social responsibility in the international context, including interfaces with World Trade Organization related policies with an emphasis on international labor standards. He was a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility project culminating in 2010 and has also worked with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He is a member of the International Law Sections of both the Idaho and American Bar Associations. He is a Certified Global Business Practitioner under the auspices of NASBITE and a Certified CSR/Sustainability Practitioner under the auspices of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence.

jim wanekAnother change in the Department of Management is the appointment of Jim Wanek as an associate chair.

Jim Wanek came to COBE as a faculty member in 1996. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of human resource management. Wanek has also provided service to the college in numerous ways, such as helping to hire and mentoring faculty. He has been developing and teaching online courses since 2001, and is a certified peer reviewer in the Quality Matters Rubric Standards for online courses. His research interests include employee selection methods and processes including pre-employment testing and interviewing, and issues of diversity and fairness in the workplace.

kirk smithKirk Smith is the new chair of the Department of Marketing.

Kirk Smith has a strong history of leadership in the College of Business and Economics, serving previously as department chair for 6 years and associate dean for graduate programs for 10 years.

Prior to joining academia, Smith spent nearly a decade in the industrial work world. He introduced new products and led the successful turnaround to profitability for two companies. A mechanical engineer converted to business strategist, he specializes in marketing strategy, professional selling and critical thinking skills.

Smith has provided programs and services for numerous local companies including Biomark, Closed Loop Marketing, Extended Systems, Hewlett-Packard, MotivePower, Stellar Dynamics, and Washington Group International.

He has won teaching awards at both the University of Houston and Boise State University. His published research has appeared in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education.

Susan Park, former chair of the Department of Management will return to faculty. Park is beginning her second year on the editorial board of the American Business Law Journal.

Former interim chair of the Department of Marketing, Karen Corral, will continue as chair of the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.


Mark Bannister Named Interim College of Business and Economics Dean

Mark BannisterMark Bannister has been named interim dean of the College of Business and Economics, effective Aug. 1.

Bannister currently serves as dean of the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), where he has led a rapidly growing college.

“Mark’s strong vision and leadership style make him an outstanding choice for the college at this time. He brings a wealth of experience from Fort Hays State, and I know that he’ll respond very well to the many exciting initiatives in COBE. It’s a great fit,” said Interim Provost Tony Roark.

“We wish outgoing Dean Ken Petersen the very best in his new role as the Helen Robson Walton Endowed Chair in Marketing Strategy and Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of Oklahoma.”

The search for a permanent dean of COBE will commence in the 2019-20 academic year with guidance from the incoming university president.

Bannister was a finalist for the COBE dean position four years ago. Based on his experience and his familiarity with Boise State’s programs, the university initiated discussions with him in May. Bannister visited Boise twice in June to meet with COBE leadership, faculty and staff.

“I am very pleased and excited to join an outstanding group of faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters who are dedicated to providing students with a high-quality education. I am also impressed with the research, thought leadership and service of the faculty,” Bannister said. “Boise State’s growth and innovation are important factors in drawing me to the college and university. I look forward to building on an outstanding base and working together to continue to build a truly notable college of business.”

The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship has significant traditional on-campus instruction, domestic distance-learning programs and on-the-ground international programs in China.

Bannister has received Fort Hays State University’s Pilot Award, its highest teaching honor, and has been recognized repeatedly for his teaching by FHSU student groups. He initiated the “Entrepreneur Direct” speaker series that has brought a series of entrepreneurs to campus to present and to interact with faculty and students, and also has worked with the FHSU Foundation to increase private giving to the college and its departments.

He is a senior policy fellow of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and a principal in Bannister Capital. He teaches coursework on legal issues and management of information technologies, as well as supervises and participates in research and programming on entrepreneurship, telecommunications, strategic planning and community development.

Bannister holds a juris doctor from the University of Kansas as well as a master of science in communications studies.

Chris Loucks Wrote Articles – Is Idaho the Next Oklahoma for Educators?

Christine LoucksChris Loucks, chair and professor in the Department of Economics, wrote “Is Idaho the Next Oklahoma for Educators? Take steps Now to Preserve Public Education” which was published in the Idaho Statesman, May 4, 2018.

“Tax cuts may be attractive, but only until folks have to decide what programs they want to cut. Since education takes up the majority of a state’s general fund, schools end up bearing the brunt of revenue cuts – whether or not that’s what voters intended,” said Loucks.

Read Loucks’ Statesman article here. 

An article by Loucks on the same subject was published in the  Post Register. Loucks wrote, “Short-sighted policy choices in states like Oklahoma and Arizona paved the way for their teacher strikes. The Idaho Legislature has painted our state into a similar corner,”

Read “Is Idaho the Next Oklahoma?”

Doug Covey selected as state director for Idaho Small Business Development Center

Doug CoveyDoug Covey has been selected as state director for the Idaho Small Business Development Center. Covey joined the Idaho SBDC as region III director in 2015.

Prior to joining the Idaho SBDC, Doug served as an executive for a cloud-based software company where he directed a cross-function team on strategic initiatives targeted to improve the customer experience. For 12 years he was CEO for an education service provider where he restructured the company while creating top line growth and reducing expenses. He held business management positions with the nation’s largest outdoor retailer for 10 years and has consulted with existing and start-up businesses.

He co-founded the Kids at Hope Association and established a joint partnership with the Kids at Hope Organization by creating the first Kids at Hope Academy for school-aged youth. He is a volunteer for EF Education First, which provides life-changing education for global citizens.

Covey graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor of science degree and Colorado State University with a master of science degree.


Michail Fragkias Published in Urban Climate

Michail FragkiasMichail Fragkias, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, co-authored “Metropolitan planning organizations and climate change action.” The article is published the Urban Climate, Volume 25, September 2018. Co-author is Susan G. Mason, a professor emerita in the School of Public Service at Boise State University.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) sit at a unique nexus of government arrangements and missions that could be effective for addressing issues of climate change. Using survey and secondary data this study investigates the potential of metropolitan planning organizations to play a formative role in climate change action and policy.

Urban Climate serves the scientific and decision making communities with the publication of research on theory, science and applications relevant to understanding urban climatic conditions and change in relation to their geography and to demographic, socioeconomic, institutional, technological and environmental dynamics and global change.

Zeynep Hansen Published in Population Health Management

Zeynep Hansen

Zeynep Hansen, associate dean and professor of economics, co-authored “Economic Evaluation of Concussion Programs in the State of Idaho: The Collective Potential of Prevention and Clinical Care.”  The article is published in the Population Health Management journal. Co-authors are Susie Bergeron, Department of Community and Environmental Health, College of Health Science at Boise State University and Hilary Flint, Department of Applied Research at St. Luke’s Health System.

Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, especially among young children, teenagers, and young adults, is a significant problem in Ada County, Idaho, and the United States. Although much has been learned about concussion, considerable controversy and gaps in knowledge still exist in many areas of research, leading to variation in concussion assessment, treatment, and management protocols. Health systems can positively impact concussion outcomes through community education and outreach, and provision of timely, coordinated, evidence-based clinical care. Collectively, these measures serve to reduce concussion incidence (primary prevention), enable more timely recognition of concussion by parents, coaches, and teachers of youth athletes (secondary prevention), and improve treatment of concussion after it has occurred (tertiary prevention). Using the concussion prevention and clinical care coordination activities of St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho as a benchmark, this analysis estimates the economic value of these preventive measures, in particular those preventive measures that target the pediatric population, for Ada County and the state of Idaho, and includes both year of injury and long-term costs of concussion. This study adopts a societal perspective, incorporating savings in direct medical, indirect, and quality of life costs.

Population Health Management provides comprehensive, authoritative strategies for improving the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes, ultimately improving the health of an entire population. The journal delivers essential research on a broad range of topics including the impact of social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors on health care systems and practices.

Associate Dean Diane Schooley-Pettis Accepts Accreditation Certificate from AACSB

diane schooley-pettis poses with AACSB certificate of accreditationDiane Schooley-Pettis attended the annual AACSB conference in April where she accepted the certificate of continued accreditation from AACSB representatives on behalf of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University.

The college has maintained accreditation since 1979 and is one of even fewer schools to achieve AACSB accreditation for both the business school and the accountancy program.

As part of the reaccreditation process, AACSB assesses the college’s ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development and student learning. Undergraduate and master’s degree programs both must pass rigorous standards. Factors reviewed include the quality of programs, assurance of learning processes and outcomes and faculty qualifications and achievements.

Learn more about AACSB on their website.