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Dr. Huntley named undergrad business dean

20140305_huntleyBeginning in the fall, Dr. Julie Huntley will return to ORU for the second time as a faculty member.

This time, Huntley will step into her new role as Dean of the College of Business and will bring her business-to-business marketing skills and expertise.

Huntley originally joined the College of Business faculty in 1999. She worked at ORU for 10 years before joining the faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. Huntley is currently a tenured professor of marketing at Point Loma.

Huntley left ORU in 2009 because she felt that the Lord was leading her in a different direction. This time around, Huntley senses the Lord’s tugging on her heart to return.

“At the time I left, I told my ORU colleagues that I did not think that my time with ORU was completed,” said Huntley. “I see the Lord’s wisdom and can confirm the value in ‘cross-pollination.’ I have learned a lot from my PLNU experience and believe I will continue to benefit from the relationships formed there in my new role at ORU.”

During her time at Point Loma University, Huntley says she was able to develop leadership skills in assessment and curriculum initiatives that should serve her well in the administrative role she will be taking at ORU.

“The PLNU community is strong in their focus on student engagement and student learning,” said Huntley. “My teaching skills have improved significantly as a result of this ‘iron sharpening iron’ experience. Based on my PLNU experience and nearly 20 years in academia, I am looking forward to continue ‘iron sharpening iron’ experiences with ORU faculty.”

Dr. Marshal Wright, the interim dean of the College of Business, expresses his expectations for the future of the department under Huntley.

“Dr. Huntley will bring extremely strong spirit-empowered leadership, with an emphasis on growing the reach of our programs domestically and globally, while simultaneously emphasizing that we, as representatives of the Lord, must do everything with the utmost excellence for His glory,” said Wright.

Wright believes tt Huntley’s experience as a Golden Eagle will contribute to her success as dean.

“She is one of us, having graduated with her MBA from ORU and having taught for us previously,” said Wright. “This means she really loves and is committed to ORU and the founding vision and mission. Yet, having experiences beyond ORU over the last few years will be beneficial as she can challenge us to think and plan beyond ourselves.”

The personal vision and expectations Huntley holds for the future of the department is based on excellence in education through excellence in a Christ-like character.

“ORU’s business programs should be the best business programs, not only because of the strong business acumen that students will acquire but also because of their strengthened ability to hear God’s voice in the business world,” said Huntley.

In fulfilling her new role, Huntley’s outlook on the business department is hopeful in bringing lasting plans.

“The future is bright with possibilities,” said Huntley. “With God on our side and the Holy Spirit working through us, how could it be anything but bright? Building on the strong business foundation that the ORU College of Business has to offer, my focus will be to build a greater awareness of these strengths in the business community, both locally and globally.”

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