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Dr. McRae C. “Mac” Banks II
Virginia Batte Phillips Professor and Dean

The fourth dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics was approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees on March 17, 2011. The first to hold the Virginia Batte Phillips professorship, Dr. Banks started his tenure as Dean on July 1, 2011.


Dr. David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that Banks was the top candidate to emerge from a national search. Banks will succeed Dr. James K. “Jim” Weeks, who has been dean of UNCG’s largest academic school since 1990.

“Mac Banks will oversee the development of a focused niche for the Bryan School that will build on its already strong reputation throughout the state, region and nation,” Perrin said. “He is the right person to create an excitement in the community for the Bryan School through a new culture that emphasizes active and sustained engagement with the business and entrepreneurial communities.”

In commenting on his appointment, Banks said, “I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Bryan School. From my visits to other business schools on behalf of AACSB, it is clear to me that Jim Weeks and his colleagues have built one of the best functioning business schools in the U.S. By combining that operational excellence with some of the amazing initiatives UNCG is pursuing in education and research and an extremely supportive business community, I expect the Bryan School to have significant impact within UNCG, the Piedmont Triad area, and the nation. I am looking forward to joining all of my new colleagues.”

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), located in Worcester, Mass., Banks served from 1995 to the present as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the WPI School of Business. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial engineering programs.