College of Business & Technology

Office of the Dean, College of Business and Technology

The Dean’s Office organizes communication among the seven academic departments and oversees the day to day operations of Stipes Hall. The college dean serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Bill Bailey

William "Bill" Bailey, Interim Dean

William "Bill" Bailey, professor in the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture, has been named interim dean in the WIU College of Business and Technology, effective July 1, 2015

Bailey has served as a professor in the WIU School of Agriculture since July 2013; prior to that, he served as chair of the WIU School of Ag (2005-13). Before coming to Western (from 1993), he was a professor and chair of agribusiness at Massey University (New Zealand). Prior to that appointment, he was the vice president and director of research at World Perspectives, Inc., in Washington, D.C. Bailey has also served as the deputy under-secretary of agriculture for international affairs and community programs and as the deputy vice president of the commodity credit corporation and deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bailey's tenure also includes commodity analysis manager for General Mills, chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Transportation.

Bailey has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles in professional publications. He has also served as an international consultant for such organizations as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Zealand Dairy Board, Southland Federated Farmers and the Iowa State Soybean Association.

A former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bailey earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Idaho. He earned a second master's degree at Pepperdine University and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri.

William Polley

William Polley, Interim Associate Dean

Bill Polley joined the faculty of the Department of Economics (now the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences) in 2005. He served as chair of the graduate committee and graduate adviser for the department from 2008 through 2014. In service to the university, he has chaired the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards and has served as vice-chair of both the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate. In 2012, he received the college's award for Excellence in University/Community Service.

Polley teaches macroeconomics at the principles, intermediate, and graduate levels. In addition, he has taught courses in the economics of sports, American economic history, managerial economics, money and banking, and international economics. He has served as the adviser for the department's "Fed Challenge" team. The Fed Challenge is a competition for college students sponsored by the Federal Reserve System.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from The University of Iowa in 1999. His primary research interests are in macroeconomics and international economics. However, his interests are wide ranging as he has published a paper on monopoly pricing and a paper on a famous problem in probability, the birthday problem. His weblog has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal On-line, and he has also participated in their "Econoblog" on-line feature. Bill enjoys communicating economics to a wider audience both in person and through the mass media.

Jim Patterson

James Patterson, Assistant Dean – Quad Cities

Jim has served as Assistant Dean since 2012 and Associate Professor at the WIU-Quad Cities campus since 1995. With 20 years of supply chain and manufacturing management experience with the U.S. Marine Corps, Avon, Coca-Cola, and Nestlé, his last corporate position was Director of Manufacturing with Nestlé. He was Associate Director for the Industrial Development Institute at Michigan State University, founding Director of the Quad Cities Executive Studies Center, and a retired USMCR aviation supply officer.

He earned his Ph.D. in supply chain management from Michigan State University, M.B.A. in marketing from Western Michigan University, M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California, and B.S. in accounting from Western Kentucky University and has attained lifetime professional credentials from the Institute for Supply Management.

Jim has twice received the College’s outstanding teaching and service awards as well as Professor of the Year from Beta Gamma Sigma. Coca-Cola recognized him with its international Production Management Development Program Award. He has served as a WIU Faculty Senator and founding member of the WIU-QC Faculty Council. He was also founding Director and Corporate Secretary for the Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory and is President of the Quad City Foreign Trade Zone #133 for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

He is co-author for the 4th, 5th, and 6th editions of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management by South-Western Cengage Learning and has published a variety of SCM articles. A frequent conference speaker, he has appeared four times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Sigma Iota Epsilon business honor societies and a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

You will often find Jim and his wife, Diane, cruising the Quad Cities in their customized ’01 Mustang GT, nicknamed “Eleanor.”

Becky Paulsen

Becky Paulsen, Director of Development

Becky Paulsen joined the College of Business and Technology in December of 2006 to serve in the newly created position of Director of Development. Prior to coming to WIU she was the President of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation. She has also owned her own wholesale and retail businesses, as well as managed a number of small businesses throughout her career. Her strong community relationships and business experience make her a unique asset to the college and the position.

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson, Office Support Specialist

Sarah Nelson has worked at WIU since 2014. She joined the College of Business and Technology in August of 2016. Sarah is the primary contact and liason for the college, assists with office operations and supports college staff. Prior to joining WIU, Sarah worked for thirteen years as a paraprofessional for the West Central Illinois Special Education Cooperative.

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson, Office Manager

Sharon Thompson joined the College of Business and Technology in June 2016. She came to Western in 2012 from the publishing industry, where she wrote and edited books in both the supplemental education and senior markets, and continues freelance writing and editing. She and her husband, Walter, also served as co-managers of a retirement community.

Sharon earned her M.A. in English from WIU and her B.A. in English from Bradley University, Peoria. She will be teaching UNIV 100 during the Fall 2016 semester.

Barb Arvin

Barb Arvin, Instructional Technology Systems Manager

Barb Arvin has worked at WIU since 2003 and joined the College of Business and Technology in December of 2011 as an Instructional Technology Systems Manager-aka webmaster. She also serves CBT as the web and marketing representative, coordinates stories for Western News, designs graphics for printed materials, and maintains the CBT Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Barb received a B.S. in Graphic Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from WIU. She is thrilled to be giving back to the college where she earned her degree, and is also very grateful to all the WIU faculty and staff who were so supportive and continued to motivate her during the years she worked full-time and attended classes. The WIU community is truly a great place to be a part of!

Chad Hankins

Chad Hankins, Instructional Technology Systems Manager

Chad Hankins joined the College of Business and Technology in 2014. His primary responsibilities are supporting faculty and staff hardware and software inquiries, maintaining and upgrading College and discipline specific labs, and serving as a liaison between the CBT and University Technology.

Chad received a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Information Management from WIU, where he also served as a student Residential Network Technician, Lab Assistant, Support Center Technician and Resident Assistant. He worked as the Residential Network Manager at Trine University (formerly Tri-State University) in Angola, Indiana and accepted a position with University Technology at WIU in 2007. Chad has worked in University Technology as a Research & Instruction Consultant specializing in end-user support of hardware and software in both desktop and mobile computing. When he is away from campus, you will likely find Chad bowling, playing pool or snooker, or working with others to resolve their technology issues.

An interesting fact about Chad: "I decided to pursue my education at WIU because I wanted to bowl while in college. I can study anywhere, but WIU had the best bowling program in the nation."