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Longwood appoints Dr. Paul Barrett as dean of the College of Business and Economics

June 18, 2008

Paul Barret

Dr. Paul Barrett has been appointed dean of the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University, effective September 1. Dr. Barrett has 30 years of business management experience and nine years of teaching experience at the college level. 

“Dr. Barrett will bring a wonderful combination of real world work experience and academic background to the College of Business and Economics, said Dr. Wayne McWee, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “He will take the college to the next level.”
Since 1992, Dr. Barrett has served as a managing member of Barrett and Company, LLC, a professionally licensed executive coaching, tax, accounting, and financial planning services firm in Baltimore, Maryland.  The firm serves a diverse group of entrepreneurial operations, mid-size businesses, professionals, and Fortune 1000 executives. 

From 1992 to 2001 he was an adjunct faculty member for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County (Maryland) where he taught accounting, finance, marketing, and business courses. His research interests include survey and experimental research designs, interviewing skills, quantitative and qualitative analysis including a variety of statistical models. He is author of two articles on computer applications in health care administration; 44 articles on business entrepreneurship and tax accounting; five articles on leadership; and one book titled Business Sense –The Practical Guide to Business Success. Dr. Barrett also has worked as sales manager/principal for Copley Systems Corporation (1989-1992), president/CEO for Omega Datum Corporation (1982-1989), and financial administrator for The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (1977-1982).

Dr. Barrett replaces Dr. Jim Cross, interim dean of the College and Business and Economics, who resigned in October 2007 due to family and personal reasons. Melinda Fowlkes served as interim dean while the search process was underway.

Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University, M.Ed. from Towson University, and B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.