New business dean announced at CCU

J. Ralph Byington (Source: CCU)
J. Ralph Byington (Source: CCU)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - J. Ralph Byington has been named dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, effective July 1.

CCU Provost Robert Sheehan announced the new appointment following approval by the board of trustees today.

The dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the college with responsibility for budget, personnel matters, planning and scheduling course offerings, fundraising and guidance of the College's educational offerings.

Byington is dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he served since 2003. He also spent eight years as associate dean and director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. He has served as a faculty member at Louisiana Tech University and Texas Tech University and taught as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas.

He has been recognized for his activities at three universities, receiving the New Faculty Excellence Award from Texas Tech, the College of Business Administration Professor of the Year at Louisiana Tech, as well as three separate outstanding faculty and professorial awards at Georgia Southern.

Byington has had experience in state government and in the business world. He was director and internal auditor at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and he was an investigator for the PEER Committee for the state of Mississippi. He was also chief fiscal officer for the Mississippi Governor's Office for Federal Programs.

His publications include more than 130 journal articles, book chapters, newsletter items and proceedings. At the 1996 national meeting of the American Accounting Association, he and a co-author received the Notable Contributions to the Information Systems/Management Advisory Services Literature Award. In 1995, he received the Southwest Federation of Administrative Disciplines Distinguished Paper Award in the accounting area.

Byington is a member of numerous professional organizations and was president of the Southeast chapter of the American Accounting Association and president of the Southeast chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs.

He has made more than 250 presentations to business executives, CPA societies, student organizations and public accounting firms in 12 states.

Byington earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Arkansas; he is also a certified public accountant.

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