Mac Banks (BA, PhD Virginia Tech; MA Northwestern) is Margaret and Harrell Hill Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and dean of the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro. From 1995-2010, he served in a dean-equivalent position as head of the Department of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to that he served on the faculties at Mississippi State University and Radford University.
Under Mac’s leadership of the Bryan School, a new vision and mission were developed in 2011, spawning numerous changes. The Bryan School is now recognized as an up-and-coming business school based on its programmatic innovations, substantial enrollment increases, meaningful improvements in student retention and graduation, and greater diversity among students, staff, and faculty. Students now complete more than 300 consulting projects annually for organizations. While education quality has been improving, faculty productivity and impact have increased substantially. Faculty research has increased from 1.2 peer reviewed journal articles per faculty member per year to 2.6, and publications in top journals have tripled; sponsored research has increased approximately 40 percent; and faculty members fill 83 editorial roles on peer reviewed journals.
For many years, Dean Banks served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Advancement of Management, including serving as that organization’s international president. He was chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and chair of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Division. He served on the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review Committee, serving as chair in 2016-18, and as a member of AACSB’s Committee on Accreditation Policy, 2015-18.