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Silvanus J. Udoka, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the University’s School of Business Administration, effective June 1. Udoka currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Management, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, at North Carolina A&T University (NCA&T).
Dr. Udoka earned the Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering technology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University. The author of more than 90 scholarly articles, refereed journal entries, book chapters, case studies and conference presentations. Udoka serves as a technical reviewer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation. In the past decade, he has generated more than $3.5 million in grant-funded research underwritten by organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Lockheed Martin.
Under Udoka’s leadership at NCA&T, the Department of Management, one of the university’s largest academic departments, has grown from 377 students in 2011 to 614 undergraduate students in fall 2017, with 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty. With his leadership, the university established its first business graduate program, the Master of Science in Management, which is now the institution’s MBA program. He also was a leading force in establishing the university’s doctoral program in industrial engineering, for which he led the effort in developing what is now the concentration in manufacturing and service enterprise engineering. In addition to successfully guiding his department’s 2016 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) continuous peer review, Udoka, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, led the development of his department’s 2017-2022 strategic plan, emphasizing connections between innovation and technology in the development of curricular and co-curricular programming. Udoka also brings to CAU his successful experience with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET)
He is a board member of the Global Opportunities Center in Greensboro, N.C., and the Healthy Communities Working Group of the Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Project. He also is a member of APICS (a leader in supply chain management research, education and certification), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the American Society of Engineering Education. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (international honor society serving business programs), Alpha Pi Mu (industrial engineering), Tau Beta Pi (engineering) and Phi Kappa Phi (all academic disciplines).