Office of the Dean
Stephen H. Craft, Ph.D.
Dean, Hammack School of Business
As the chief academic officer of the business school, Dr. Craft leads the development of market-relevant and student-centered academic and co-curricular programming, while positioning the school as an integral collaborator in the Oglethorpe community and amplifying connections externally.
Dr. Craft has spent his academic career at the intersection of business education and the liberal arts, serving institutions large and small, public and private, residential and commuter. At the University of Montevallo, he served as senior administrator for all undergraduate business programs, as well as the college’s Master of Business Administration (MBA). At the University of Montevallo, Dr. Craft founded Stephens College’s Grainger Center for Professional Development, a conduit for internship and career placement for graduates. Additionally, he led efforts to grow faculty and student diversity by employing intentionally inclusive recruitment practices. Under Dr. Craft’s leadership, enrollment in the Stephens College experienced significant growth.
Previously, Dr. Craft was Dean of Business Programs and Elton B. Stephens Professor of Marketing at Birmingham-Southern College. His academic experience also includes serving as Chair of the Department of Marketing and Electronic Business at Towson University, a full-time faculty appointment at The George Washington University, and a part-time appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to academia, he spent years in industry, holding positions responsible for product development, advertising, and brand management, including as Senior Product Manager for First American Bank and Manager of Marketing Strategies for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
Dr. Craft has served on the Birmingham Regional Chamber Council of Economic Advisors, Birmingham Business Journal Editorial Advisory Board, and on the boards of the American Red Cross, Alabama Association of Nonprofits, American Marketing Association (Birmingham), and American Advertising Association (Birmingham). He earned his MBA and PhD at The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College.
Beth Concepción, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Strategic Engagement
Beth Concepción, Ph.D. serves as the Assistant Provost, with a focus on Strategic Engagement, and teaches in the Communication Studies department. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and nearly 30 years of experience in journalism and public relations.
Concepción earned a B.A. from Oglethorpe, a B.S. from Mississippi State University, an M.A. and M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.