Delaware State University has appointed Dr. Shelton Rhodes to be the dean of the College of Business.
Dr. Shelton Rhodes
He will join DSU on June 6. Dr. Rhodes succeeds Dr. Robert L. Minter who ended his tenure as permanent dean of the College of Business in 2008. Since that time, Dr. Youngski Kwak has served as the interim dean.
Dr. Rhodes arrives at DSU after serving as the founding dean of the Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) in Stevenson, Md. from May 2008 to August 2010.
Prior to that deanship, Dr. Rhodes spent 18 years at Bowie State University as a faculty member who reached the rank of full professor. Also his years at Bowie included serving as the director of the Center for Community and Economic Development from 2002-2004, as well as the founding director of the Procurement Acquisition Center of Excellence and as the chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration in the School of Business, both from 2004-2008.
He formerly served as president of New Millennium Solutions, a management consulting firm from 1997 until 2011.
Dr. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Public Administration from Howard University's School of Business, and a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University’s School of Business in Urban Services Management. He also completed a post doctorate fellowship from the University of Washington in Strategic Management and a Franchise Certificate Program from Virginia Union University. He is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Fairfax County.
Dr. Rhodes is a retired Army Major. His military service includes a variety of progressively important command and staff positions culminating with an assignment at the Pentagon. He also has worked as a consultant and as a research fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Rhodes's professional affiliations include the Board of Directors for Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, the Society of Human Resource Management, American Management Association, Academy of Management, as well as the Retired Military Officers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Capital Society, the Washington Project and on the National Contract Management Association’s University Outreach and Relations Committee.
An active scholar, Dr. Rhodes recently served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management in the areas of human resource management and strategic management. He has published numerous articles and he currently writes online for Examiner.com. He writes a local blog on human resource management and a national blog on minority and women-owned businesses: http://www.examiner.com/minority-business-in-national/shelton-rhodes 
In addition, Dr. Rhodes is the co-author of the book A Piece of the Pie (published by Diversity Press, 2003), which profiles successful minority entrepreneurs. He also contributed a chapter in the 2003 book Principles and Practices of Public Administration.
The dean search committee was chaired by Dr. Bradley Skelcher, associate provost. Members included: Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institution Advancement; Dr. Michael Casson, acting dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michael Katz associate professor of accounting and finance; Dr. Constance Beugre, Department of Management chair; DSU Board of Trustees member Jose Echeverrí; Eutrice Augustus, College of Business administrative assistant; Dr. Martin Nunlee, assistant professor of management; and DSU alumnus John Ridgeway.
The committee’s charge was to send three unranked candidates to the Provost and the President for a final decision.