USFSM College of Business Dean Announces Retirement


SARASOTA, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Dr. Robert Anderson will be retiring as dean of the College of Business on December 31, after 43 years in the USF system. His areas of specialty in business education include marketing research, promotions and consumer behavior and financial management. Under his leadership, USFSM’s College of Business earned The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, an honor achieved by only 5 percent of business schools in the world.

Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a M.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. His Ph.D. in Marketing and Finance is from the University of North Texas. He joined the faculty of the College of Business at the University of South Florida Tampa in 1971, and moved from assistant professor to associate dean for graduate studies and research. In 1995, Anderson was named dean of the business school in Tampa, becoming dean emeritus in 2006. In 2008, Anderson joined the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus business faculty. When the campus achieved separate accreditation as an institution in 2010 he was appointed the first dean of the College of Business. USFSM’s undergraduate and graduate business programs became separately accredited by AACSB in March 2014.

Anderson has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Business Research and has presented professional papers at the annual conferences of the American Marketing Association, Decision Sciences, Academy of Advertising, Academy of Marketing Science, and the Southern Marketing Association.

He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of Florida Hospital West Coast Division of the Adventist Health System, which is a regional network of seven healthcare facilities located in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Other community institutions with which. Anderson is affiliated in Tampa include the Marketing Committee, the High Technology Committee, the Financial Services Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Committee of 100 of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce; the Advisory Board of Leadership Hillsborough; the Community Advisory Council for the Florida Community Opportunities Partnership Center; the Board of Directors of the Florida Council for International Development; the Steering Committee of the Gulf Coast Life Science Initiative; the Board of Directors of the U.S./Africa Foundation; Board of Directors of Sales and Marketing Executives; and the steering committee of the Florida Financial Services Cluster Initiative (FFSCI). Anderson worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Sarasota Manatee legislative delegation to bring an office of the SBDC to USFSM’s North Port Instructional Site to serve Sarasota and Manatee counties’ small business community.  He is also on the advisory board of the Manasota Chapter of SCORE.

“I have had the privilege of working with the business faculty and campus administration to build a college of business,” said Anderson. “Very few business deans experience the sense of professional pride and accomplishment I have in leading the development of the college from the ground up. This college has become a very integral part of a rapidly growing business community and will continue to produce high quality “human capital” that will remain in this community.”

Interim Dean Announced

Dr. Jim Curran, an associate professor of marketing, will assume the position of interim dean effective January 1. Curran holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Marketing, an M.B.A from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. in Mathematics from Fordham University. He has over 35 years of work and research experience in the field of marketing. His research interests include the use of technologies in marketing, customer loyalty and customer relationship management. The results of his research have been presented nationally as well as internationally and have been cited more than 650 times by other researchers.

“Being chosen as the interim dean was a very humbling and exciting experience for me,” said Curran. “The process that was used to select me included an evaluation from my faculty colleagues, and without their support, I would not have been given this opportunity.”

Curran’s work has been published in the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, and more. Prior to joining the faculty at USFSM, he held sales and marketing positions with four large international precious metals firms, spent time consulting and managed his own manufacturer representative business.

“I am excited about the possibilities for the College of Business and USFSM in the near future and being in this position will afford me an opportunity to be more deeply involved in what may come our way than I would have been otherwise,” said Curran.