Jim Dean, who previously served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, hopes to use his business background to help student athletes be academically successful this year.
On Friday, the University announced that the new executive vice chancellor and provost will lead the Student Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group, which will examine every policy associated with athletics — including recruitment, admissions and advising — from beginning to end.
Dean said most companies take a similar process-based approach when they are trying to improve quality.
“I spent a lot of time working in this area — this is a skill set I bring to the job,” Dean said in an interview. “In a way, it’s fun for me to apply this type of thinking to something that is a really important element of what we’re doing here.”
Dean said he wanted to lead the group with Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham after reviewing the athletic department’s strategic plan released in January, which prioritizes academics and administrative engagement with athletics.