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David Gray to Assume Role of Interim Dean June 1

Longtime associate dean will lead the college as national search for new dean commences.

Dr. David Gray     May 15, 2012—David Gray will assume the role of interim dean for the College of Business effective June 1. Dr. Gray, who currently serves as associate dean for the college, will fill the position held by Dan Himarios, who served as dean for more than 12 years. Himarios will take on a new role as vice provost and executive director for UT Arlington’s new Center for Global Initiatives.
“David Gray’s extensive record of leadership at UT Arlington is extraordinary,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I know he will lead the college through a smooth transition without losing momentum as we conduct a national search for the next dean of the College of Business.”
With nearly 40 years of experience at UT Arlington, Gray has held numerous administrative roles with the college. He joined the college in 1973 as an assistant professor of management. In 1981, he was appointed associate dean for undergraduate affairs and later for graduate studies. He took on the role of department chair of the college’s Department of Management from 1986-1988 and again from 1990-1993. Gray was appointed to his current term as associate dean in 2000.
A professor of management, Gray is regarded for his expertise in human resource management and labor relations with a specialized focus in union management conflict. As associate dean, he has been instrumental in maintaining the college’s AACSB International accreditation and has served on numerous university-wide committees and governing bodies.
Gray holds a doctorate in management and industrial relations from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s in management and industrial relations and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Iowa.
A nationwide search for the next College of Business dean is currently underway.