Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne has been named dean of the College of Business and Technology at Northwestern State University. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. She was selected from a field of 34 applicants.
Kilcoyne has been a faculty member and administrator at Northwestern State since 1986. She will direct degree programs within the School of Business and Department of Engineering Technology. The School of Business includes bachelor’s programs in accounting, business administration, computer information systems and hospitality management and tourism as well as a business analytics post baccalaureate certification.
The Department of Engineering Technology includes an associate degree in engineering technology, bachelor’s degree programs in electronics engineering technology and industrial engineering technology, a pre-professional program in pre-engineering and post baccalaureate certifications in project management and quality control.
“Dr. Kilcoyne has effectively served the University as a faculty member and director for the School of Business,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is highly regarded by her faculty who supported her appointment to the position of Dean of the College of Business and Technology. She is a dedicated administrator who will lead her faculty in accomplishing the mission of Northwestern State.”
She has served as interim dean since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Kilcoyne was director of the School of Business after nine months as acting director.
The College of Business and Technology had an enrollment of 1,390 last fall, an increase of more than 10 percent over the fall 2015 semester.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the College of Business and Technology and appreciate the confidence (Acting President) Dr. (Chris) Maggio and Dr. Gentry have placed in me,” said Kilcoyne. “I look forward to working with our faculty, students, stakeholders and business and industry to strengthen and expand programs in the College of Business and Technology.”
From 2010 to 2012, Kilcoyne was coordinator of assessment and academic services and a full professor in the College of Science, Technology and Business.
From 2005 until 2010, Kilcoyne was director of business programs and an assistant professor, directing and coordinating five degree programs.
Kilcoyne joined Northwestern State’s faculty as an adjunct instructor and was named an instructor and coordinator of the Office of Cooperative Education in 1989. In 1998, she was promoted to an assistant professor and director of the Office of Cooperative Education.
Last year, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Kilcoyne held the Noble Morrison Endowed Professorship in 2011. In 2009, she received the NSU Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Business.
Kilcoyne has received a number of honors for her research and teaching from her peers. The Association for Business Communication Southwestern United States honored her with the Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015 and the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award – Federation of Business Disciplines. She was named the 2013 Governor’s Technology Educator of the Year. In 2011, Kilcoyne received the ABIS Distinguished Paper Award and in 2010, she received the ABC-Southwest Outstanding Researcher Award.
She has co-authored more than 50 national and international publications in professional journals or proceedings/book of readings on the state, regional, national or international level. Kilcoyne has obtained more than $1 million in grants to benefit Northwestern State.
Kilcoyne is a charter member of the Northwestern State Business Women’s Association and a member of Phi Beta Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, the Association of Business Information Systems and Delta Pi Epsilon.