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Dr. Sharianne Walker Named Dean of the College of Business

Published: April 30, 2020 | Categories: Business, Faculty, All News
College of Business Dean Sharianne Walker

Dr. Sharianne Walker has been named Dean of the Western New England University College of Business. Dr. Linda E. Jones, University Provost, recently made the announcement citing Walker’s dedication and commitment to the College of Business and the University who has spearheaded accreditation, strategic planning, and assessment projects at the University.

Native of Northampton, MA, Walker joined the College of Business faculty in 1996, most recently serving as Chair and Professor of Sport Management, as well as codirector of the Master of Science in Sport Leadership and Coaching graduate program.

Dr. Walker is the coauthor of the texts Managing Intercollegiate Athletics; Managing Sport Organizations: Responsibility for Performance; and Strategic Management in International Sport in International Sport Management. Her current research focuses on revenue and resource development models in sports organizations, strategic management and leadership. She has presented her research in leadership development, business operations, and revenue generation at various international, national, and regional conferences.

An influential figure in the growth of the University's athletics program, she has served as a faculty fellow, an NCAA Faculty Representative, chair of the Western New England Athletics Council, Athletic Direct Report, and was inducted into the University's Downes Athletic Hall of Fame.

Walker was previously named Career Woman of the Year by the Massachusetts Business and Professional Women's Association and served as Director of the Springfield Leadership Institute. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park in Florence.

Walker earned her bachelor's degree in English from Smith College, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts.