Rudisill named dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate

March 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Rudisill has been named dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics effective immediately.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Rudisill has agreed to lead the Johnson College of Business and Economics,” said Dr. Charley Harrington, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at USC Upstate. “He has a firm grasp on business and industry in the Upstate, a solid vision for the College, and will be a valuable addition to the University’s academic leadership. Under Dr. Rudisill’s leadership, USC Upstate will see the College accomplish a great deal and make an even larger impact on economic and workforce development.”

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate currently enrolls nearly 650 majors and offers programs in business administration with concentrations in accounting, economics/finance, general business, management, marketing, and non-profit leadership. It is one of 42 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs that are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Rudisill’s administrative responsibilities include academic program, budget and personnel oversight; leadership in maintaining AACSB International accreditation; and proactive and extensive leadership in collaborative activities with business, industry and technical colleges and universities in the Upstate region.

“I am delighted and honored to accept the position as dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate,” said Rudisill. “Having been a faculty member in the College of Business for 10 years, I know the positive impact the faculty, staff, administration and students can have on the Upstate business community. The primary mission of the Johnson College is to deliver an excellent business education to our students and I am excited about partnering with our many stakeholders in this pursuit.”

Rudisill joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002, served as associate dean of the College from fall 2008 thru spring 2011 and has been the interim dean since July 2012.  He teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics and business strategy. He was also the lead partner from USC Upstate in working with BMW Manufacturing to develop the USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp for high school students. His research interests focus upon applying quality tools and techniques in solving industrial problems.

Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Rudisill amassed more than 25 years of experience in industry as a statistician (Duke Energy), operations research manager (Milliken & Co) and statistical quality consultant (with national and international companies). He has published in many peer-reviewed journals such as Production and Inventory Management, Quality Engineering, Quality Progress, International Journal of Production Economics, Interfaces, and Strategic Finance. He is the co-author of a book, Quality Management and Measurement Systems.

Rudisill earned a Ph.D. in management science and a M.S. in mathematical science from Clemson University and a B.A. in mathematics from Appalachian State University. He received Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) in 1987 and 2003.

Rudisill has been married to Cheryl Rudisill for 34 years and they have one daughter, Sheldon.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution located in Spartanburg along the thriving I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. USC Upstate is home to 5,500 students from 36 states and 51 nations. For more information, visit