RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell University President Jerry Wallace announced today that Campbell Law School Vice Dean for Administration & External Relations B. Keith Faulkner has been named the next dean of Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Faulkner will replace current Lundy-Fetterman School of Business dean Dr. Benjamin Hawkins, who will retire effective Dec. 31, 2013. Hawkins has led the School of Business as dean since June 2004.
“Dean Faulkner is an experienced, imaginative and innovative leader and administrator who understands the mission of Campbell University and the opportunities before the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business,” said Wallace. “We look forward to seeing where he leads the business school in the coming years.”
“This is a win-win situation for Campbell University,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business is getting a great leader in Keith Faulkner, and the law school is fortunate to continue to benefit from his deep institutional knowledge for the remainder of the year. I have no doubt that Keith will lead the School of Business to unprecedented heights in time.”
Faulkner returned to Campbell Law, his alma mater, in 2004. Before becoming its vice dean for administration and external relations, he had held the positions of executive associate dean for academic affairs and administration and associate dean for external relations. He also served as interim dean of the law school during the 2012-13 academic year following Dean Melissa Essary (2006-12).
During Faulkner’s time as interim dean, Campbell Law collected its highest-ever ranking as a top tier law school in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook. Faulkner also led the creation of a mentorship program and the Public Interest Fellow Program, expanded the development department to include a director of alumni relations and annual giving, and helped establish nine new scholarships.
Throughout his nine years with the law school, Faulkner also served as a visiting professor in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, where he taught classes on business ethics and business regulation. He earned his J.D./MBA dual degree from Campbell Law and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2001.
“I am very excited and humbled to have been selected to continue serving Campbell University as the next dean of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business,” Faulkner said. “The opportunity to lead such a group of distinguished faculty, staff, and students is indeed an honor.”
Prior to joining Campbell Law, Faulkner was a litigation associate at the law firm Hendrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo in Wilmington, N.C. Previously, he was a partner in a private practice and served for eight years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner, nuclear power plant operator and instructor in the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline.
“Campbell is a university on the rise, full of growth and excitement, and I am confident that the School of Business will continue to play an important role in our success and growth,” Faulkner said. “The School of Business has been led by a very capable leader in Ben Hawkins, and it is because of his hard work and dedication that that school is well positioned to reach new heights in the years to come.”
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