Provost Matthew Poslusny announced on April 29 that Kimberly “Kim” Gladden Burke, Ph.D., will be the new dean of the Meredith College School of Business, effective July 1, 2021.
Burke comes to Meredith from Millsaps College, where she has served as dean of the Else School of Management since 2012. Burke also held roles as assistant dean, acting dean, and professor of accounting at Millsaps.
“Burke’s previous experience leading an AACSB-accredited school of management, combined with her ability to inspire curricular innovations and passion for teaching in a liberal arts environment, make her the ideal candidate for Meredith,” Poslusny said. “Her commitment to diversity and inclusion in faculty, student, and business advisory board member recruitment and retention is also an essential part of why she was selected.”
As dean at Millsaps, Burke is responsible for overseeing the education of a significant percentage of the college’s graduates. She led several curricular innovations, including creating Millsaps’ first online course offerings and developing and launching a graduate certificate in data analytics, Millsaps’ first fully online program.
Her many accomplishments at Millsaps include establishing the College’s Executive Education program, which offers customized training and open enrollment programs offered throughout Mississippi. Burke also oversaw the development of and grant application for a new program in the workforce coaching and professional development for hourly or low-salaried individuals.
Burke said Meredith’s mission and the College’s location in Raleigh are what attracted her to the position.
“The mission of the College resonates with my passions and the needs of the business school match my skill set,” she said. “With everything going on in and around Raleigh, the opportunity to forge more connections between the business school and the community is truly exciting. I could not ask for more.”
Burke holds a Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. and B.B.A. in accounting from Texas Tech University.