THE APRIL 2013 BULLS EYE FEATURE: Bob Beatty
An expert in the fields of Strategic Information Systems and E-Commerce, 51-year old Bob Beatty came to his job as a Professor of Information Systems and Dean of the William G. Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University 10 months ago with 10 years of professional business experience and more than 15 years of experience in higher education.
Announcing Beatty’s arrival at Rowan, University President Dr. Ali Houshmand said that the new Dean "has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovative thinking at Whitworth and other institutions, and he exhibits the strengths we need to continue to build upon an already strong program."
"He has the background to move the Rohrer College of Business forward, to ensure collaborations on and off campus and to cultivate stronger relations with the business community and with our region in general.’ Houshmand added.
Beatty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas in 1985, a Master of Computer Systems Management degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1989, a Master of Business (MBA) degree from Mississippi State University in 1996, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Mississippi State University in 1998.
He began his professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1985, serving as a Systems Analyst/Project Manager/Quality Manager for Nuclear War Planning Systems at Offutt Air Force Base.
In 1989, Beatty joined Amerada Hess Oil Company in Tulsa, OK as a Project Manager for Natural Gas Systems. And three years later, he was hired by the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI to revitalize the organization’s e-commerce systems.
Beatty began his academic career in 1994 and has served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Miami (OH) University, Texas Christian University, and Northern Illinois University, as well as as the Dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.
Beatty has more than 22 years in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) where he served as Commander CJTF 76 – Counterintelligence Team at Bagram Air Base.
He is still a Lieutenant Colonel and Special Agent in the United States Air Force Reserve, he serves as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 1st Field Investigations Squadron, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Travis Air Force Base, CA.
Beatty and his wife of 27 years, Raynette, met at a college frat party and are the parents of two adult children, Shelby, 22, who went to Ole Miss Law School and is off to Australia, and Sean, 21 and a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at TCU.
His father, Edward, is 74 and a retired attorney and his mother, Nancy, is 74 and a homemaker and he has two siblings, sister Cindy, 55, and a homemaker, and brother David, 54 and an expert on victims of violent crime.
The Beatty household in Mullica Hill also includes three Bernese Mountain Dogs—Magnolia, Jax, and Piper, and two cats—Anna Belle and Boo Boo Kitty.
Beatty says the best part of his job is "helping students achieve the personal and professional goals and aspirations," and he describes his business philosophy as Servant Leadership, which also happens to be the title of his favorite book.
His personal motto is "integrity in everything you do" and he measures success "by knowing that I have given my very best effort."
While he says he "would love to start my own family business," he says that he does not need a new career – I LOVE my job." And, not surprisingly, he says he does not believe in do-overs.
As for the dumbest thing he ever did, he won’t say, but he does admit that he "makes mistakes everyday. Its what I learn from my mistakes is most important.
His most important lesson learned is to "Listen a lot – talk a little" and for his synoptic self-description he says simply, "You may want to ask my wife," who, by the way, he describes as a "fun-sized" 5’ 2".
The accomplishment of which Beatty is most proud is "raising two intelligent, happy, and remarkable children."
Asked if he could do one thing to change South Jersey, what it would be, Beatty’s answer is a surprising "Nothing," adding "I LOVE living in South Jersey."
One question he hopes he’s never asked is "what are you going to do when you grow up?
And, finally, his epitaph (as he would like it to be written) is "Some of it magic – some of its tragic – but I had a good life all the way."