AUBURN – Bill Hardgrave, founder and executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Business, effective August 1.
“Dr. Hardgrave brings to Auburn a tremendously high level of expertise in business and in the constantly emerging technologies that improve product development and distribution,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “As founding director of a center, he has extensive experience in collaborating across academic disciplines and with the business community.”
Hardgrave holds the Edwin and Karlee Bradberry Chair in Information Systems at Arkansas and is the founder and director of the RFID Research Center. His research and publications have focused on software development and radio frequency identification, or RFID, which involves placing a small tag on a product for inventory management, tracking and pricing.