Dr. Logan Jones, a management faculty member and director of the Master of Business Administration program at Missouri Western State University, will take over as the dean of Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business on July 1, 2018. Dr. Jones will replace Dr. Michael Lane, who is retiring June 30 after five years at Missouri Western.
“I believe Dr. Jones will do an excellent job as the new dean of the Craig School of Business,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “His colleagues describe him as ‘extremely hard-working’ and the ‘go-to’ person for the faculty. In addition, he has exhibited strong leadership in establishing the new MBA program.”
“It is an honor to be selected for this role,” Dr. Jones said. “I believe the Craig School is on a great path and, in recent years, has made several progressive changes that will benefit both our students and the region we serve. I look forward to leading the school in the future and having a long career at Missouri Western State University.”
Dr. Jones joined Missouri Western’s faculty in 2015 and has served on the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate. He was a member of the committee that conducted a feasibility study and drafted a proposal for adding an MBA program at Missouri Western. Dr. Jones now serves as director of the program, which launched this fall and has admitted over 60 students. As director, Dr. Jones developed an online MBA program which will launch in the fall of 2018. The online MBA program will be the first completely online master’s program in the Craig School of Business.
Before his academic career, Dr. Jones worked 16 years in the military and municipal law enforcement. Both of his non-academic occupations included management and administrative roles.
“Logan’s broad range of experience has already been an asset in developing relationships and partnerships in the local business and military communities, and I’m sure will continue to serve Missouri Western well in his new role,” said Dr. Jeanne Daffron, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.
Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science in Management and MBA from Arkansas State University, and his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Mississippi.
The Craig School of Business offers five majors within its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program – accounting, finance, management, marketing and supply chain management – and four minors. There are two graduate degree programs – the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Information Management. A unique program within the Craig School allows alumni and senior business majors to become entrepreneurs by competing for the opportunity to own and operate their own franchise store. The Craig School of Business also includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, which trains, mentors and supports business owners and entrepreneurs in the St. Joseph area and beyond. Missouri Western is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of quality shared by less than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.