Dr. Ron Shiffler first got to know the McColl School back in 2005 when he served as a consultant during the school's inaugural accreditation bid with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). At the time, the McColl School was the smallest business school in the world being considered for this elite level of recognition. Shiffler helped navigate the process.
"I became a big fan of the school during that assignment," Shiffler recalls. "I've been watching and cheering from the sidelines ever since. When I learned Dean Broderick was retiring I knew this was where I wanted to be."
A Greensboro native, Shiffler earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from UNC Greensboro, his master's degree in math from Bucknell University, and his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Florida. A self-described 'quant guy,' he built his early career teaching in the fields of math and statistics at Georgia State University and the University of Louisville.
"At that time in my life I was very specialized," Shiffler says. He wrote two textbooks and published numerous scholarly articles. "I loved the quantitative disciplines but at some point I started to question whether I was really making a difference."
After a life-changing seminar on leadership taught by his academic mentor T. Ballard Morton, he says "I realized there was a wider world I wanted to explore."
That experience became the launching pad for a new career in university administration, first as a department chair and ultimately as a business school dean.
He also realized he needed international experience so he took a sabbatical to teach in New Zealand and Hong Kong. "I loved it!" he says. "Those experiences really opened up the world to me."
Prior to joining Queens, Shiffler served as dean of the business schools of both Georgia Southern University and Western Carolina University. At Georgia Southern for the last ten years, he expanded its academic programs and significantly increased the business school's enrollment. He also became known as a pioneer in online education, noted for his focus on academic rigor and quality.
Shiffler remains committed to the AACSB, leading committees and serving on more than two dozen peer review teams in the U.S. and abroad. "It keeps me sharp," he says. "I get a bird's eye view of quality both here in the states and internationally."
Shiffler's wife Barbara, a master quilter, is his constant companion and partner. They're building a home in Mint Hill complete with a studio for Barbara's quilting. "I've got an empty spot on my office wall here at work just waiting for one of her quilts!" he says.
This 'quant guy' turned dean combines a strong sense of personal values with astute professional wisdom that will benefit Queens' students for years to come.
We hope you'll drop by and say hello!