James R. Brown will join the West Virginia University faculty in January as the Kmart Corporation Chair in Marketing at the College of Business and Economics.

Dr. Brown comes to Morgantown from Virginia Tech, where he developed a new course calledMarketing of High Technologies.Brown is also a professor of marketing and the NAOM Carolinas-Virginia Professor of Purchasing at Virginia Tech.

Brown has also been on the faculties at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, State University of New York at Buffalo, Indiana University and Northern Michigan University.

He is a member of several editorial review boards and has co-authored an undergraduate textbook that has been adopted by several universities, including Texas Tech, Notre Dame and Auburn.

Brown earned his bachelors degree in industrial management from the University of Cincinnati in 1970, a masters degree in business administration from Miami University in Ohio in 1973 and a doctorate in business administration from Indiana University in 1979.

Brown said he is excited to join the college.

WVU represents a wonderful opportunity for me,he said.The chance to work with the energetic and dynamic faculty of the College of Business and Economics to develop instructional and research programs in the areas of retailing and supply chain management is what first attracted me to WVU .

I am also excited about the possibility of collaborating with WVU faculty on research projects in other areas,he added.In addition, the opportunity to contribute to the Universitys outreach and economic development activities is especially appealing.

College of Business and Economic Dean Jay Coats said the college is proud to include Brown as part of its faculty.

We are pleased to welcome to our school Jim Brown, an accomplished scholar with a national reputation,Coats said.His marketing expertise will be invaluable to our students and will provide collaborative research opportunities for our faculty.

Kmart Corp. established the position in May 1990 with a $2 million gift to the WVU Foundation. The endowment was designed to provide a chair position focused on retail marketing.

Then-Kmart CEO Joseph Antonini was instrumental in establishing the post. A Morgantown native, he is a graduate of the College of Business and Economics and a former chairman of the WVU Foundation board of directors.