He had been the school’s interim dean since April 2019 after the former dean, Bob Beatty, took a job at the University of Texas at Tyler.
The business school is home to about 4,000 students and offers degrees in fields like accounting, finance, economics, business management and computer information systems. Lutgert College oversees also the PGA golf management and resort and hospitality programs at FGCU.
Westley joined FGCU in January 2015. He has taught economics and served as the director of its Regional Economic Research Institute.
Westley was chosen from a list of six finalists, which included another internal candidate — Sheldon Weeks, who is the head of economics and finance.
Westley’s salary information was not immediately available.
The dean position was filled through a national search that put forward an “excellent group of highly qualified candidates,” explained Jim Llorens, the interim provost for FGCU, in an email to staff and faculty late Friday afternoon.
“We are confident Dr. Westley will continue to move the college forward and further establish the Lutgert College of Business as a critical player in the economic growth of the region, while producing highly qualified graduates who will successfully compete at the regional, national, and international level,” Llorens wrote.
The national search was conducted by Diversified Search Inc. Officials say the cost of the search is not known at this time.
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