Paul Jarley, dean of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’ Lee Business School, will become dean of UCF’s College of Business Administration on July 1.

Jarley, who has been at UNLV since 2007, leads a college with about 100 faculty members and 4,000 students. He will direct a college with about 140 faculty members and 8,680 students at UCF. His previous administrative positions include senior associate dean and associate dean of Faculty and Special Programs at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

“The institutions that will thrive in the coming decades, those that will be able to attract the best students, faculty and resources, will be those that have made a conscious effort to differentiate themselves in the marketplace,” Jarley said in a letter to the UCF search committee led by Dean Sandra Robinson of the College of Education.

“Helping a relatively young school define and implement a strategy that provides a distinctive value proposition is a key factor driving my interest in the Dean’s position at UCF.”

Jarley received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has received academic appointments around the world, including being named Visiting Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

“Dr. Jarley will provide exemplary leadership for the College of Business Administration,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Tony G. Waldrop. “His background and leadership philosophy have shown that he can harness the talents of others to work efficiently and effectively.”

In a recent entry on his blog,, Jarley provided five tips for students looking to improve their college experience: Ask for help, engage others, study an hour more each week, create a portfolio to show accomplishment and get out of your comfort zone.

“College is about expanding your horizons and finding out where your passions and talents intersect. Self-discovery requires that you try new things. And you need to do them with people who are not like you,” he wrote. “Doing things that get you out of your comfort zone also shows employers you are adaptable and it may just end up taking your career in an unexpected direction.”

Foard Jones, associate dean for administration and human resources, will continue to serve as interim dean of the College of Business Administration until Jarley arrives. He became the interim dean in June after former Dean Thomas Keon accepted a position as chancellor of Purdue University Calumet.