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WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business names new dean

Dr. Evelyn Thrasher, dean, Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Dr. Evelyn Thrasher has been named as the new dean of Western Kentucky University’s Gordon Ford College of Business, Provost Bud Fischer announced Friday.

Dr. Thrasher, who has served as the interim dean since July 2023, will officially assume the permanent position on July 1. Previously, she was Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration and was a Professor of Analytics and Information Systems at the Gordon Ford College of Business.

“I cannot put into words what it means to be the new dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. The GFCB and WKU have given me more than I deserve for the last 15 years,” said Dr. Thrasher. “The people of the Gordon Ford College of Business are special, and their work has a significant positive impact on our students and the region. As a first-generation college graduate, I have experienced firsthand the impact of a college education. The upward momentum of the GFCB inspires me, and I am excited about the opportunities to build upon that momentum as the College begins its next chapter.”

Thrasher’s academic background includes a Ph.D. and MBA from Auburn University and an undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University. Her scholarly contributions are extensive; she has published more than 20 articles in academic journals, including Decision Support Systems, OMEGA, and Computers in Human Behavior. She serves as an AACSB accreditation mentor and participates in the Gordon Ford College’s outreach efforts through civic engagement and community service.

“During her WKU career, she has been a valuable member of our faculty, a collaborative leader and has demonstrated her commitment to the success of the GFCB and WKU, especially during her time as interim dean of the college. I have no doubt she will continue to advance the mission of GFCB and will provide unparalleled support for the College’s students, faculty, and staff,” Fischer said.

Thrasher began at WKU in 2008 as an assistant professor in information systems. At the Gordon Ford College of Business, Thrasher has held roles including associate professor from 2013 to 2019, director of the Professional Education and Knowledge Program from 2015 to 2018, and Knicely Faculty Fellow in Leadership from 2015 to 2019.

Before joining WKU, Thrasher was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2005-2008). She began her career as a systems analyst for Eastman Chemical Company in Tennessee.

She succeeds Dr. Christopher Shook, who served as the dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business from 2019 to 2023.