With South Florida the “epicenter” of the nationwide housing disaster, Florida Worldwide College lately employed an actual property skilled to steer its enterprise faculty.
William Hardin, 61, turned dean of the FIU Faculty of Enterprise in early June, after a yr as interim dean. His predecessor, Joanne Li, left to change into chancellor of the College of Nebraska at Omaha.
“I’m feeling fairly good. I have already got a superb really feel for what the job is, however being appointed the everlasting dean makes it just a little bit extra actual,” mentioned Hardin, who was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and spent about half of his life in Atlanta earlier than shifting to Florida.
Hardin mentioned FIU Enterprise will attempt to meet rising demand for packages in areas like knowledge analytics and cybersecurity — and logistics and provide chain administration, which everybody understands now due to the pandemic, he mentioned.
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Nonetheless, the primary problem for FIU Enterprise, Hardin mentioned, stays determining the right way to have interaction college students in a post-pandemic world.
“Expertise modified how folks, particularly younger folks, view the world. Folks obtained used to all kinds of alternatives for the right way to meet — or not meet — folks. However we need to get folks again to participating one-on-one in individual, as a result of I believe in individual is how we greatest develop relationships,” he mentioned.
Hardin has labored at FIU for about 16 years. He first joined in 2006 as a finance and actual property professor, in addition to the director of its actual property packages.
He held a number of roles since, together with director of FIU’s Jerome Bain Actual Property Institute, which gives programs and conferences within the business, and founding director of the Hollo Faculty of Actual Property. In 2018, he turned the affiliate dean of the Chapman Graduate Faculty of Enterprise.
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All through his profession, he has authored or co-authored at the least 70 papers on matters like foreclosures and company governance.
In 2018, he acquired the Ricardo Medal from the American Actual Property Society — its highest scholarship honor — for his revealed analysis.
FIU President Kenneth Jessell touted Hardin’s expertise.
“Dean Hardin’s scholarly work and nationally acknowledged experience in actual property makes him a very necessary and related enterprise chief in South Florida right now,” Jessell mentioned.
Earlier than transitioning to FIU, Hardin taught at Mississippi State College for eight years, Morehouse Faculty for 3 years and Georgia State College for 2 years. Earlier than delving into academia, Hardin spent about seven years at NationsBank in Charlotte, now Financial institution of America.
He graduated from the College of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s in economics. He has a grasp’s in worldwide enterprise from the College of South Carolina and a grasp’s in actual property from Georgia State College. He holds a doctorate in enterprise administration from Georgia State College.
Three issues chances are you’ll not find out about Hardin
An Olympic medal
He lived in Rio de Janeiro for a yr within the Nineteen Eighties, as a result of his grasp’s program in worldwide enterprise on the College of South Carolina required it. He speaks Portuguese.
That language ability allowed him to volunteer as an envoy for the Portugal Olympics group throughout the 1996 Summer time Olympic Video games in Atlanta.
“Everybody who does the Olympics will get a participation medal, the entire athletes. That yr apparently they’d some leftover, I assume, in order an envoy, I obtained one,” Hardin mentioned. “That was a superb time for me.”
He loves Miami
“I like being in a spot the place variety is champion. It truly is a worldwide metropolis,” Hardin mentioned. “I believe that’s enjoyable; it’s engaging. And it’s the long run. The longer term is folks from in all places coming collectively to advance humanity.”
“I’ve been to plenty of places and speak to plenty of deans in other places, and in Florida and Miami, we actually profit from our willingness to be inclusive and our cultural consciousness.”
A husband, dad
He met his spouse once they each labored in the identical worldwide division of a financial institution; they’ve been married for 35 years. They’ve a daughter; she attends the Emory College Faculty of Legislation in Atlanta.