Dr. Allan D. Spritzer
- Dr. Al Spritzer is holder of the Allen and Ruth Harris Chair
of Excellence in Business at East Tennessee State University. He
has held the Harris Chair of Excellence since May 1999. He is
also a professor of management in the Department of Management
and Marketing of ETSU's College of Business and Technology.
- Dr. Spritzer came to East Tennessee in 1981 from Tuscaloosa,
Alabama to become dean of the ETSU College of Business. In
Alabama, he served on the management faculty of the University of
Alabama for 13 years, the last five as assistant dean of the
- During Dr. Spritzer's eighteen years as dean of the ETSU
College of Business, the school achieved significant improvements
in curriculum offerings, faculty expertise, research
productivity, regional business community support and national
recognition for the high quality of its programs in business
administration and accounting. Among Spritzer's
accomplishments as dean, was the attainment of initial and
continuing accreditation by
AACSB International - The
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- Dr. Spritzer's
a doctoral degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from
the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree from City
College of New York.
experience includes positions as a labor economist with the
U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. He has served as an
arbitrator in a number of union-management disputes and as a
consultant to many public and private sector organizations.
- Dr. Spritzer's areas of academic and professional interest
include industrial and labor relations and human resources
management. Drawing upon his years of experience as a business
school dean, Dr. Spritzer's recent specialty has been the
management of business schools and other high-talent
- His teaching at ETSU and previous universities has focused on
an array of
courses taught in
the field of industrial and labor relations. He currently teaches
ETSU's graduate and advanced undergraduate level courses in
“Collective Bargaining” and “Negotiation and
- During his years as business dean and now as holder of the
Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business, Dr.
Spritzer has engaged in extensive public service and outreach
activities. These are in pursuit of the objectives of increasing
the linkage between ETSU and the regional business community, and
enhancing the reputation of ETSU as a high-quality university.
These activities include membership on the
boards of directors
committees of a number of organizations, as well as
- Dr. Spritzer's activities include numerous economic
development involvements at the state, regional and local levels.
He has served as chair of the Johnson City Development Authority
and he serves as a board member or in other leadership capacities
for a number of economic development organizations.
- In recent years, Dr. Spritzer has been significantly involved
with AACSB International accreditation and conference activities.
In addition to his committee memberships, his
accreditation-related activities have given him the
opportunity to visit and to share his expertise as a peer review
team member, advisor or consultant to several dozen business
schools seeking to achieve or maintain AACSB accreditation.
- Since 2001, Dr. Spritzer has developed and provided
leadership for a
New Deans Seminar
offered annually by AACSB International. This seminar has
consistently received the highest ratings among AACSB
International seminar offerings. Over 250 new deans have
completed the program.
- In conjunction with the New Deans Seminar, Dr. Spritzer
produced, directed and edited a 95-minute documentary video,
Deans on Deaning:
Secrets of Success,” featuring highlights of interviews
with 28 successful business deans who share their insights and
wisdom on the role of the dean. Sale of the video by AACSB has
resulted in royalties contributed to ETSU for business faculty
- Dr. Spritzer's interests in labor relations, AACSB
accreditation and the management of business schools have
resulted in a number of
program presentations on these and related topics.
- His research activities have resulted in a number of
papers and monographs that have contributed to his fields of
interest. His writings have appeared in such journals as
Industrial Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the
Alabama Law Review, the Labor Law Journal and the Journal of
Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector.
- Based upon his knowledge of the field of management and his
eighteen years experience as dean of business at ETSU, Dr.
Spritzer authors a series of
popular articles on
management and career issues that appear in The Business Journal
of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia and BizEd.
- Dr. Spritzer has received many
honors, awards and
recognitions. Among these are election to such honorary and
leadership societies as Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta
Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He is listed in the
current editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in
American Education . He has been named by The Business Journal of
Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia as one of the 25 top executives in
Dr. Allan D. Spritzer