OSU News Feed –
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is announcing two new department
heads: Tom Brown, School of Marketing and International Business, and Audrey Gramling,
School of Accounting.
Brown, a Spears professor since 1997, rises into his new position. Gramling, with
more than 20 years of accounting faculty experience, arrives from her most recent
position at Colorado State University.
“Dr. Brown and Dr. Gramling both bring impressive credentials to their new positions
and we are very grateful to have them on our leadership team,” said Ken Eastman, dean
of Spears Business. “Both are strongly committed to student development, faculty productivity
and external engagement and I believe they are well prepared to help their respective
departments attain even greater levels of success.”
Brown, who grew up in Chandler, Okla., has two degrees from OSU, earning his bachelor’s
in marketing (1983) and an MBA (1988). He went to the University of Wisconsin to complete
his master’s (1992) and Ph.D. (1994), before beginning his teaching career as an assistant
professor of marketing at SMU (1994-97).
In the fall of 1997, Brown returned to OSU as an assistant professor of marketing
and has remained at the school ever since. He has taught numerous courses and been
the Ardmore Professor of Business Administration (2003-2011), and the Noble Foundation
Chair in Marketing Strategy (2011-present). He led the development of the department’s
Center for Customer Interface Excellence and served as its first Director (2014-2018).
His research articles have been published in leading marketing and business journals.
In addition, he has been active with the American Marketing Association, serving as
president of the Academic Council and co-chairing international conferences.
Brown recently led an overhaul of how Principles of Marketing is taught at OSU, pivoting
to a focus on experiential learning that involves student teams working on issues
or problems posed by state businesses.
“I think if we want students to really …