Barram returns as interim dean of George Fox’s School of Business

May 13th, 2010

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Professor of Business takes over for the retiring Ken Armstrong for 2010-11 academic year

NEWBERG, Ore. – Dirk Barram, a professor of business at George Fox University, has been hired as interim dean of the university’s School of Business for the 2010-11 academic year.

For Barram, an employee at the university for 24 years, the new assignment is a familiar one: He was also interim dean of the then-School of Management from 2006 to 2008. He replaces Ken Armstrong, who retired from the position after serving for two years.

Barram has served 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 two years.

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

“The School of Business is well positioned to move forward with an excellent faculty, strong and innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a commitment to program accreditation, and increased visibility in the business community,” Barram said. “My role will be to help us continue this momentum.”

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, in downtown Portland, 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 that prepares Christian business educators to teach effectively in the college or university classroom. 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, business administration and economics. Students also have the option of completing an interdisciplinary degree in business and one other discipline outside of business.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Dirk Barram
Interim Dean, School of Business

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