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K-State Today

July 8, 2014



College of Business Administration tabs Bill Turnley as interim management department head

By Brent Fritzemeier

The College of Business Administration has named Bill Turnley as its interim management department head.

"I am pleased to announce Dr. Turnley's appointment as interim department head," said Ali Malekzadeh, Edgerly family dean of the College of Business Administration. "He is an excellent teacher and scholar with a long history of impressive service to the college and the university. The college and the management department have made great progress in the past few years, and I am confident Bill has the vision, energy and enthusiasm to continue that forward momentum."

Turnley, who came to K-State in 1997, has served in the Forrer chair of business ethics since 2008. He received his undergraduate education in mechanical engineering, before obtaining an MBA and his doctorate in organizational behavior, all from the University of South Carolina.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve as interim department head during this transition," Turnley said. "All of the faculty and staff have been very supportive, and I look forward to working with them more closely. We have a few challenges in front of us, but, overall, our department is in a good position."

Among the numerous awards that Turnley has received throughout his career are the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 2004 and the Kansas State Bank Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2011. He has received the College of Business Administration's Outstanding Research Award three times, 1998, 2002 and 2012.

Turnley's research interests include employee perceptions of and responses to psychological contract breach, antecedents and consequences of organizational citizenship behavior, impression management in organizations, part-time and temporary employment, unemployment and underemployment, and effectiveness of business ethics education.

"Chwen Sheu did a terrific job as department head, and the faculty members in management are excellent teachers and researchers," Turnley said. "This an exciting time for the department and for the college as a whole. We have a lot of strong programs in place, and I think we will continue to grow and develop those programs moving forward."