Shackelford chosen to lead Kenan-Flagler

Douglas A. Shackelford will become dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School effective Feb. 1. The UNC Board of Trustees approved his selection at its meeting today (Jan. 23).

Shackelford is Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation and associate dean of the MBA@UNC Program. He was recommended to the board by Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. following an international search and the work of a search committee led by Susan King, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I had the opportunity to meet with the very talented candidates for this important role at UNC,” Folt said. “Ultimately, Doug became the clear choice to lead UNC Kenan-Flagler and ensure its continued success.”

Shackelford will succeed Dean, who served as dean from 2008 until he became provost last July. John P. Evans has been serving as interim dean since then.

“Doug is uniquely qualified to serve as the next dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler,” Dean said. “He is a seasoned academic leader and an internationally recognized scholar and business educator. He loves the University and is a passionately engaged member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community.”

A UNC alumnus and North Carolina native, Shackelford has served on the Carolina faculty since 1990. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher whose work focuses on taxes and business strategy.

Shackelford has been associate dean of MBA@UNC, the innovative online MBA program, since 2010. He was senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2003 to 2007, and associate dean of the Master of Accounting (MAC) Program from 1998 to 2002. He is director of the UNC Tax Center, which he founded in 2001.

After he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s of science degree in business in 1980, he worked as a senior tax consultant for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston and Greensboro from 1981 to 1985. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and joined the UNC faculty.

Shackelford is a research associate in public economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He has held visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands and Oxford University.

Published January 23, 2014.