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Runyan Named Dean Of College Of Health Sciences

Jan. 11, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney

RunyanSam Houston State University has approved the appointment of Rodney Runyan as dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Runyan is currently director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University. He will assume his new position at SHSU on Jan. 16.

"Joining Sam Houston State University as Dean of the College of Health Sciences is an honor and privilege. I am excited to work with such a great group of faculty and staff, get to know our students and engage with the community in creating opportunities for us to meet the health, economic and social needs of Texas,” Runyan said.

Runyan earned his doctorate in Human Environment from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Texas State, he held faculty positions at: the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, the University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. From 2013-2016 Runyan was a visiting professor of Marketing at the Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom. He spent 16 years in the industry prior to entering into academia.

Runyan’s research interests are in small retailer entrepreneurship, especially within rural communities and research methodology. He has published more than 50 articles in journals such as the Journal of Retailing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Small Business Management and he has conducted or collaborated on research in China, Chile, Russia, Korea, England and Japan.

Additionally, he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Management and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management and the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. He is the immediate past-president of the American Collegiate Retailing Association, and president-elect of the Council for Administrators of Family and Consumer Science.

“Dr. Runyan brings many years of experience in both academia and business to assist us as we strengthen existing programs and develop new programs in the College of Health Sciences.  I have great confidence that Dr. Runyan’s experience will enrich our academic community,” Richard Eglsaer, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs said.

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