Dirk Barram hired to lead School of Business

Dirk Barram has been hired as dean of the George Fox School of Business.Dirk Barram, a 25-year employee of George Fox University, has been hired as dean of the university’s School of Business after serving in the role on an interim basis from 2006 to 2008 and for the first half of the 2010-11 academic year.

Barram, a professor of business, transitioned from interim to permanent status this semester. He had taken on the position on a temporary basis last summer following the departure of Ken Armstrong, who retired from the job after serving for two years.

Barram has worked at the institution in a number of capacities, including vice president for graduate studies (1988 to 1991), vice president for academic affairs (1992 to 1998), acting president (1995) and professor of business (1998 to 2006 and 2008 to present). He’s also served as chair of the university’s undergraduate business and economic department from 1998 to 2006 and for the past three years.

In 2004, Barram was named the university’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member of the Year.

“Business schools today face significant challenges,” Barram said.  “The domestic and international business culture is facing rapid change and challenges. Ethics, innovation and relevancy must characterize our business curricula.

“As far as we are concerned, our mission is clear: The George Fox School of Business must produce graduates who are ethically grounded, professionally competent, socially responsive and acutely aware of the global environment. Yet, we also want our graduates to have the unique capacity to be innovative and trusted leaders, all within the scope of nurturing and developing people. This is how we want to be known.”

The Sherwood, Ore., resident specializes in teaching business, business strategy, management, organizational behavior and the senior capstone class, which challenges undergraduate business majors to start and run a successful business venture during their senior year.

Barram earned a doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University in 1988, a master’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1974, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Gordon College in 1972.

George Fox’s School of Business offers a Part-Time MBA program at its Portland Center near Tigard and at the university’s Boise Center. Also offered is a Full-Time MBA program at its residential campus in Newberg, Ore.

In addition, the School of Business offers a 56-credit-hour Doctor of Business Administration program designed for business professionals who wish to enhance their careers as executives, consultants or university professors. The three-year course features online classes, web-enhanced hybrid courses, and three residency visits to its Newberg, Ore., campus.

At the undergraduate level, the university offers degrees in accounting, economics, finance, global business, entrepreneurship, marketing and management. Students also have the option of completing an interdisciplinary degree in business and one other discipline outside of business.