Dr. J. Dennis Coates has been named dean of the College of Business. The announcement was made last week by Provost John Pritchett. Responsible for overseeing FAU’s largest college with more than 120 faculty members, 34 degree programs and nearly 6,400 students, Coates brings institutional knowledge, experience and expertise to the position.
“I truly look forward to leading the College of Business,” said Coates. “It has been my home for the past 16 years, and I am sure I have the vision and experience to move the college to new levels of prominence.”
Coates joined the College of Business as an assistant professor and rose through the ranks, eventually being named senior associate dean in 1996. More than a year ago, Coates he was tapped to serve as interim dean.
“There was a superb pool of candidates for this position. However, Dennis’ proven track record and significant support from our College of Business faculty set him apart from the others,” said Pritchett. “We all have high expectations for Dennis and are sure that he will work hard to realize those expectations.”
In a search that took approximately one year, 74 candidates applied for the position from around the nation. Of those applicants, five finalists were chosen to interview with a cross section of the University community, including College of Business faculty, an advisory committee and others. Three of these finalists were invited back for more extensive interviews. The selection of the dean came about in great part due to extensive faculty input and support.
The College of Business has risen in prominence under Coates' leadership. Over the past year, the college has been the recipient of three major gifts – a $5 million gift from Barry Kaye to establish the Barry Kaye School of Finance, Insurance and Economics, as well as the “Barry Kaye Endowed Fund”; a $2 million gift from Office Depot to establish an executive education center; and a gift in excess of $1 million from Peter and Susan Stein (see article in next month's Update) memory of their son Sean Stein to establish a scholarship fund and name the central structure of the newly opened College of Business complex.
Coates begins his tenure as dean of the College of Business this month. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Northwest Missouri State University and a doctoral degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.