Caron St. John joined UAHuntsville as the Dean of the College of Business Administration in spring 2010. Before coming to UAHuntsville, she was the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research and Outreach in the College of Business & Behavioral Science at Clemson University, with responsibility for MBA programs, Executive Education programs, the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Small Business Development Center, and the Renaissance Center.
In 2007, Dr. St. John was the winner of the Dr. Charles Townes Award for Individual Achievement in Innovation for contributions to innovation and entrepreneurship in the upstate of South Carolina and in January 2010 was recognized by Greenville Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Greenville, SC for 2009. She was also recognized by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce with a Special Chairman’s Award for Education in Business for 2009. Dr. St. John has served as the PI or Co-PI on grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Commerce totaling over $1.5 million and has published research in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Operations Management Journal, Organization Research Methods, Computers and Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management. Through her work with the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, she developed several programs to involve students in the new business development and technology commercialization efforts of inventors, entrepreneurs, and established firms in the region.
She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA and PhD in business administration from Georgia State University. Before pursuing an academic career, she was involved in new product and new business development with Celanese Corporation in Charlotte, NC.