When Bill Hardgrave was featured in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class in 2003, he didn’t have definite plans for the future.
Hardgrave was a University of Arkansas professor and executive director of the Information Technology Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He was content in that position and 100-percent invested in what he was doing.
“Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a few years later I would get a call asking if I wanted to be dean of a top-30 business school,” Hardgrave said. “That didn’t enter my mind.”
But one thing led to the next and, in 2010 — after 17 years at the UA, where he earned the endowed Edwin and Karlee Bradberry Chair in Information Systems — Hardgrave... [ MORE ]