George Fox hires MBA director as dean of its College of Business

Chris Meade, head of the school’s MBA programs since last fall, is chosen from a national pool of candidates

Chris MeadeAfter conducting a national search, George Fox University opted to hire one of its own, Chris Meade, as dean of the school’s College of Business.

Meade has served in various roles with the George Fox College of Business since 2006. He worked as a professor at the school’s satellite campus in Boise, Idaho, until the summer of 2012, when he transitioned to George Fox’s Portland Center location to serve as chair of the school’s MBA programs and as an assistant professor of management. Meade’s assignment as dean will begin in mid-May.

Meade replaces Dean Dirk Barram, a 28-year employee of the university who’s served as dean since 2011 and, previously, as interim dean from 2006 to 2008 and for the first half of the 2010-12 academic year. Barram will return to the classroom as a full-time faculty member in August.

Meade, recipient of the George Fox Graduate Teacher of the Year award for the 2011-12 school year, holds a PhD in organizational learning from the University of Idaho (2006) and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University.

“My desire is to inspire, coach and resource leaders, teams and organizations to grow personally, expand professionally, and deepen spiritually in order to maximize their potential, live with passion, and work with purpose,” Meade said. “I see us building upon a shared-vision that is resident within our leadership team. As we unify around a clear and compelling vision, craft and hone our brand, and capture and tell our story of who we are and what we are about, we’ll successfully achieve our mission.”

Meade brings nearly 30 years of entrepreneurship, business ownership and management experience to his assignment as dean. In addition to his work at the university, he is the founder, president and executive leadership coach for Leadership Alive, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps inspire, coach and resource leaders and teams. He speaks at numerous events on leadership and has published a series of books through the organization.

George Fox’s College of Business offers both part-time and full-time MBA programs, as well as a doctor of business administration program and bachelor’s degrees in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, global business, management and marketing. To learn more, visit