University Appoints Interim Dean of Business and Industry


Brent Cunningham

by Buffy Lockette

Dr. Brent Cunningham, head of the Department of Management and Marketing, has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the JSU College of Business and Industry, effective Jan. 3. 

Cunningham has been a member of the JSU faculty since 1999, when he was hired as an assistant professor of marketing. He was promoted to full professor in 2012 and was named department head in 2018 after serving in the interim role the preceding year. He served as JSU Faculty Senate president during the 2009-2010 academic year. 

A JSU alumnus, Cunningham received a BS in marketing from the university in 1987. He went on to earn an MA in marketing from the University of Alabama in 1990 and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Mississippi in 1999. His dissertation was titled, “Coping Strategies, Materialism and Shopping Orientations: An Integrative Analysis of Today’s Consumer in the US.”  

Before arriving on campus, Cunningham began his academic career as a member of the marketing faculty at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., from 1990 to 1998.