Gerald McDougall Named Interim Provost


by News Bureau on Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 27, 2013 – Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, and associate provost of Extended and Online Learning at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim provost and chief academic officer for the University.

McDougall will replace, on an interim basis, Dr. Ron Rosati, who has been tapped to lead The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, Neb. McDougall will serve in the position while a nation-wide search is conducted to find a permanent replacement. As in the past, the interim Provost will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Additionally, Dr. Charles McAllister, Interim Chair of the Department of Accounting and Associate Professor of Accounting, has been named acting dean of the Harrison College of Business while McDougall serves as interim provost.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “We are grateful to Dr. McDougall for his willingness to accept an interim assignment and to continue to lead the academic areas of the University as we transition into many new initiatives for the Year 2020 and beyond. He brings to this new assignment a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience. We also are indebted to Dr. McAllister for his acceptance of an interim assignment. He has been a great asset to our Department of Accounting, and I know how committed he is to continuing the tradition of AACSB accreditation and quality College of Business academic programs.”

McDougall joined Southeast as dean of the Harrison College of Business in 1993. Since 1993, the Harrison business faculty has achieved AACSB accreditation; helped secure funding for and moved into Robert A. Dempster Hall, a technology-rich learning environment; established a nationally recognized Master of Business Administration degree program that now has eight options; established the Master of Science in Organizational Management degree program to provide graduate business studies for practitioners with little if any academic background in business disciplines; expanded undergraduate program offerings to include a major in international business and a major in organizational administration; established the Center for Business and Economic Research; established what is now the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and joined the international Start-Up Café virtual network; reorganized the administrative structure of the college in response to significant reductions in state appropriations; expanded international programming, including the establishment of dual-degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level; and adopted new technologies to provide a wide variety of online courses and undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

During his tenure at Southeast, McDougall twice served as interim vice president for Advancement and executive director of the Foundation, and also served as executive director of the Office of International Education and Services.

He has published more than 30 papers in academic and professional journals, proceedings and scholarly monographs. McDougall is a member of the Light Commercial and General Aviation Committee under the Transportation Research Board which is part of the National Science Foundation. He chairs the Business Aviation Subcommittee that includes corporate planners from the world’s leading airframe manufacturers, engine manufacturers and avionics suppliers. He has consulted for major general aviation manufacturers in regard to economic conditions in business aircraft market conditions.

McDougall completed undergraduate studies at California State University at Chico, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He holds a master of science in economics degree and a doctoral degree in economics, both from Claremont Graduate School. McDougall is a Vietnam veteran, having been drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969, and advanced to the rank of sergeant.

McAllister, a registered professional engineer, joined the accounting faculty at Southeast in 2006 as an assistant professor, after previously serving as assistant professor at Louisiana State University. He received the Harrison College of Business Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.