Mark Thompson, Associate Dean of the Hull College of Business, was recently named Maxwell Chair of Business Administration. His appointment was approved by the Board of Regents at their February meeting.
Having previously served as Cree-Walker Chair of Business Administration at Augusta State University, Thompson said being named to the position was a great honor.
Marc Miller, Dean of the Hull College of Business, said Thompson’s appointment was an exciting step forward not only for the college but also for the CSRA.
“I am very happy that Mark has been named the Maxwell Chair,” said Miller. “The primary purpose of the chair is to provide a bridge between our business community and the research that we perform; I am confident that Mark’s research in Energy, Healthcare, and IT will help support the major areas of the economy not only in the CSRA, but the state of Georgia as a whole.
Though much of his work as an educator will remain the same, as Chair, Thompson will also take on an entirely new set of responsibilities, namely serving as a liaison to the growing fields of medical, cyber, and energy. With the announcement of Georgia Regents University’s new Cyber Institute, a great deal of that work will begin here at home.
“It’s a very exciting time,” said Thompson. “Because the Cyber Institute isn’t affiliated with any one college, it opens up unprecedented opportunities for collaboration between the participants.”
Thompson also believes GRU’s standing as both a center of business and an academic health center lends a unique viewpoint to the Cyber Institute’s mission.
“When people think of hacking, they think of credit card fraud,” said Thompson. “But what about protecting health records or personal information stored at the workplace? We have a unique perspective on that aspect of cyber protection, and I think it separates us from other similar programs.”
In addition to working alongside the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as a member of the Cyber Institute, Thompson will also work to strengthen relationships between GRU, Fort Gordon, Savannah River Site, and the local business and health communities.