Tim O’Keefe

Dean of the College of Business and Economics

Longwood University

During nearly two decades at the University of North Dakota, Tim O’Keefe helped elevate a business school to the national stage, helping to establish the second school of entrepreneurship in a public university and building an online MBA program that rose to a top-30 national ranking.

Now he’s taking on a new challenge: infusing that same energy and momentum into the business college of a distinctive, historic and mission-driven liberal arts university.

Dr. O’Keefe will become the next dean of the College of Business and Economics this summer, the culmination of a national search that began last fall when former dean Paul Barrett announced he was stepping down to pursue his love of teaching.

“We quickly found in Tim the same philosophy that drives the College of Business and Economics faculty every day,” said Dr. Charles White, Professor of Management and Interim Dean, a member of the search committee. “He has a deep sense of community and responsibility and brings extensive experience not only in enhancing current programs but also in building initiatives from soup to nuts. He’ll be a real asset as the College of Business and Economics grows and expands.”

A North Dakota native, Tim is an information systems expert who has taught at the University of North Dakota since 1999. Before UND, he was a professor at his undergraduate alma mater, Mayville State University, in Mayville, ND—a community, population of about 2,500, he and his wife, Bonnie, have called home for the past 34 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.