Barton Named Senior Associate Dean at Penn State Smeal College of Business
Russell Barton, professor of supply chain and information systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business and associate director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, has been named senior associate dean for research and faculty. He will begin serving on Jan. 1.
As the senior associate dean, Barton will be responsible for the general academic and research strategies of the college as well as strategies associated with international collaborative relationships. He will oversee the Ph.D. program, research funding and budgets, faculty development, all academic departments and research centers, and the Office of International Business. Barton will also chair the Executive Committee, which is composed of department heads of all academic units in the college.
“Russell has been very active in the college, and I look forward to working more closely with him as he fills this critical role,” said Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “His connection with the faculty and research programs will serve us well as we build our strategy for the future.”
Barton succeeds Arvind Rangaswamy as senior associate dean. Rangaswamy will be returning to the faculty in the college’s Department of Marketing. Important accomplishments under Rangaswamy’s leadership include the development of a digital dossier system and new teaching load policies, simplification of faculty committee election procedures, the launch of new research programs in several areas including sustainability, and increased collaboration with units outside the college.
“I have greatly enjoyed my teaching, research, and service activities in Smeal, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve our community in this new role,” Barton said. “Arvind has done a wonderful job of positioning the college, and I hope to continue building on that strong foundation.”
Barton joined Smeal in 2002 after 11 years in Penn State’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, where he taught undergraduate courses in optimization, statistics, and concurrent engineering, and graduate courses in simulation-based design and the design of experiments. He recently completed a two-year assignment as program director for Manufacturing Enterprise Systems and Service Enterprise Systems at the National Science Foundation.
Barton is widely published, with research on the interface between applied statistics and product design and manufacturing. He is currently an associate editor for Operations Research, the INFORMS Journal on Computing, and the Journal of Management Mathematics. Barton holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in operations research from Cornell University.