TROY taps Skip Ames as Dothan Campus business dean

Posted: Tuesday, 15 March 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University has named Dr. Orrin K. (Skip) Ames associate dean of the Sorrell College of Business at the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Ames comes to TROY after a legal career of more than 30 years. He was most recently an attorney with the law firm Hand Arendall, LLC in the firm’s Mobile office, specializing in civil litigation.

Dr. Judson Edwards, dean of the Sorrell College of Business, praised Dr. Ames for his mix of academic and professional experience.

“TROY is very fortunate to have attracted someone like Skip Ames to lead the Sorrell College of Business in Dothan,” Dr. Edwards said.

“As dean, I am committed to making the business school a more robust and responsive partner for the Dothan business community through research, outreach and student development. Under [Ames’] leadership, along with a great group of business faculty and staff, I have no doubt this will happen.”

Dr. Ames began his legal career with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, and he later worked in regulatory litigation at South Central Bell.

He served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Memphis School of Law and has taught courses at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College in Mobile and Samford University in Birmingham.

He is also a frequent speaker, trainer and consultant on issues of business ethics and best practices.

“I am extremely honored to return to academia … and to be a part of the Sorrell College of Business and Troy University,” Dr. Ames said. “Both are very dynamic organizations with a world-wide influence. The College of Business here in Dothan is uniquely postured to develop partnerships with business, government, and civic communities in the Dothan area and to be a resource for them. [Dean Edwards], the faculty and I are looking forward to working as a team to develop those partnerships and for the business school to be the asset to the Dothan community that it is capable of being.”

Ames holds a master of laws degree from Harvard Law School and a juris doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama.

The interim associate dean of the College of Business, Dr. Khamis Bilbeisi, will resume full-time duties as chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law.

“Dr. Bilbeisi did an excellent job during his tenure as interim dean,” Dr. Edwards said. “The college and community are very fortunate to have his continued leadership.”

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