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MTSU appoints Dr. Murat Arik as Jones COE-URP

9/27/2021

The Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Murat Arik, Ph.D., associate professor of management, to the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning (COE-URP).

murat arikArik currently serves as director of the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC). This joint role will allow him to further develop initiatives relevant to the planning needs in the mid-state region while encouraging a dialogue on topics with area policymakers, opinion leaders, and the community.

The chair position will first focus on research and service to the Nashville and Clarksville metropolitan statistical areas, but Arik expressed his excitement to serve as a resource for the broader community in Middle Tennessee counties.

“Ultimately, I will be developing a forum for the community, through governmental advisory committees, conferences, and special events, for the discussion of regional and urban issues. This new role will provide an opportunity to identify solutions to promote effective economic development,” Arik stated.

Dr. David Urban, dean of the Jones College of Business, said the strong relationship between the Jones COE-URP and the BERC will provide an opportunity to support the on-campus development of curriculum materials and faculty more knowledgeable with the issues of the region.

“Over the years, the BERC has developed a very solid reputation locally and statewide for its economic impact and feasibility studies, ongoing reports on housing and Tennessee’s world trade, and other customized research, all of which are utilized by public and private entities in policymaking and problem-solving,” Urban said.

As an associate professor in the Department of Management, Arik teaches strategic management, management of innovation, and innovation acceleration to undergraduates. As the new COE-URP, Arik will be encouraging more interactions of faculty and students with practitioners in a range of industries influenced and impacted by growth.

“I nominated Dr. Arik to fill this Chair of Excellence because he deserves it, based on his outstanding work and his can-do attitude. His activities as BERC Director are completely in line with the mission and objectives of the Chair of Excellence,” Urban said.

Arik has consulted extensively with local and state government agencies, chambers of commerce, and private businesses. His research focuses on regional economic trends, international business dynamics, strategic management, management of innovation, and innovation acceleration.

Throughout his career, Arik has conducted more than 100 consulting projects and published in academic journals. He is the editor emeritus of the Global Journal of Accounting and Finance, and the associate editor of the Global Journal of Management and Marketing.

Arik has received numerous awards for his research and professional services over the years. The notable ones are Kathy and Bill Jones Outstanding Faculty Award with the Jones College of Business, Institute for Global Business Research Fellow Award, and IGBR's JoAnn C. Carland Distinguished Service Award.

The last Chairholder was the well-known architect, Earl Swensson and the position has remained vacant since 2008. To learn more about Murat Arik’s service a director of the BERC, click here.

History

In 1995, Jennings A. Jones had a dream, not unusual for a man who was a visionary. What is unusual is that he made his dreams come true. Jones dreamed of a program that would assist the citizens of middle Tennessee in creating a better future through urban and regional planning. He approached President James E. Walker at MTSU about establishing such a program. And the dreams began to take form. Jennings and Rebecca Jones provided $625,000. With matching funds from the State of Tennessee, the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning at MTSU was established in 1997.

Mission

The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning produces and disseminates information relevant to the planning needs and issues in the midstate region. It encourages dialogue on these important issues among area policymakers, opinion leaders, and the broader community of interest.

Objectives

  • Promote applied research and service focused on regional and urban planning.
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of regional and urban issues and for the development of solutions to promote effective economic development.
  • Act as a resource to the regional community of interest in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.
  • Encourage interactions of faculty and students with practitioners in a broad range of industries and institutions influenced and expected to be impacted by growth.
  • Support the on-campus development of curriculum materials and faculty more conversant with the issues of the region. 

Area Focus

Currently the Chair of Excellence focuses on the Nashville and Clarksville MSAs.

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