VCU professor named MTSU College of Business dean

Marketing expert looking to build on school's partnerships

Middle Tennessee State University officials have chosen David Urban to be the next dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

Urban, who beat out two other candidates for the position, will take over from the retiring Jim Burton July 1. The 57-year-old is currently executive associate dean and a marketing professor at the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I have had significant experience working with businesses and with state and local government entities in economic development and marketing. I also have a track record of furthering international and cross-disciplinary partnerships," Urban said in a statement. "MTSU and the Jones College provide an ideal setting for me to continue to lead these types of efforts.”

Urban's new program in Murfreesboro houses more than 125 full-time faculty, more than 3,000 undergraduate majors and more than 500 graduate students.

“Dr. Urban understands the important role that the Jones College plays in support of business and economic development in our region and state,” MTSU President Sidney McPhee said. “His experience and vision will allow us to build upon our successes and grow the college’s legacy of scholarship and service. He has a proven track record of developing strategic partnerships with businesses.”