Alan Shao

Dean, College of Charleston School of Business
Interim Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, College of Charleston

Alan T. Shao has served as the College of Charleston’s dean of the School of Business since March 2009. In this role, he has established an MBA program, obtained AACSB re-accreditation for the School, developed new majors (Finance, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Supply Chain and Information Management, and Marketing), established a Dean’s Student Forum, dramatically elevated fundraising, created the School of Business “Wall of Honor” to recognize philanthropy and long-term impact, and advanced the culture of global learning throughout the School. Since July 2019, he has served as the College’s interim vice president for corporate partnerships.

Shao came to Charleston after nearly 20 years at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where he was the North Carolina Ports professor of Marketing and associate dean of Professional and Global Programs. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa as well as an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.