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WSU appoints Hunter as Carson College of Business dean

HunterPULLMAN, Wash. – Larry W. (Chip) Hunter, a scholar of human resource management and industrial relations, and senior associate dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the new leader of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business. WSU Provost Dan Bernardo announced the appointment today.

“Dr. Hunter has the perfect skill set to help us realize the full potential of the Carson College,” Bernardo said. “He is a seasoned administrator with extensive experience at one of the nation’s finest land-grant universities. He has the ability to both work internally with our faculty, staff and students, as well as externally with our state’s business community and alumni of the college.”

Scott E. Carson, the Boeing executive, WSU regent and alumnus for whom the college is named, called Hunter’s hiring an investment in the future.

WSU Carson College of Business Dean Larry W. (Chip) Hunter

“My family and I are excited about this new chapter for the college,” he said. “We look forward to working with Dr. Hunter in the future. We also would like to thank Dr. David Whidbee for his work as interim dean this past year. His dedication to the college and its mission is very much appreciated.

Hunter said he looks forward to working with faculty, staff and students to take the college to the next level.

“The Carson College is in great shape,” he said. “The students are motivated to learn and to succeed. The alumni are deeply supportive. The faculty and staff share commitment to the values of WSU, and we’ll be able to build on that commitment and recent success. I look forward to developing partnerships within the college, across the Pullman and urban campuses, and with the business community, to take on new challenges together.”

Hunter has served for the past three years as senior associate dean and Pyle-Bascom Professor of Leadership. For two of those three years, he also served as associate dean for the school’s full-time MBA program. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin in 2002, he spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hunter earned his doctoral degree in industrial relations and human resource management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and earned his bachelor’s degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hunter was raised in the Palouse region, graduating from high school in nearby Moscow, Idaho.

Kathy Barnard, University Communications, (509) 335-8055,

Sarah Druffel, Carson College of Business, (509) 335-4345,

Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business, (509) 335-7578,

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