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Dr. Paul Percy is the Ted Russell Distinguished Professor of Management at Carson-Newman University and currently serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Interim Provost. Dr. Percy served on the Carson-Newman Vision 2020 Strategic Planning team and teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship.

Prior to assuming his current role at Carson-Newman, Dr. Percy spent nineteen years at King University, most recently as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his years at King, Percy was instrumental in developing growth opportunities for King in both the traditional and the adult and graduate student markets, helping the college to grow 400% over a 12-year period.

Dr. Percy is also a retired officer of the 134th Air Refueling Wing, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard, Knoxville, Tennessee where he served as the Military Equal Opportunity Officer. Percy also spent eight years in commercial banking at M&T Bank and HSBC in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Percy graduated from Houghton College with a degree in Communication, received his MBA from the University at Buffalo, and his PhD in Management from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he is a graduate of the Academy of Military Science and Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and is a Certified FranklinCovey Seven Habits Facilitator. His research interests include leadership, power and influence, and entrepreneurial behaviors. He has done consulting for several organizations in the areas of team and group development and in the implementation of information systems. He has published and presented several papers in journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement and for the Academy of Management and the Industrial Relations Research Association.

He has been married for 35 years to his wife Janet and has three grown children; Paul, Jr. (married to Jennifer Tramel Percy, C-N ’09); Rachel Percy Hicks, C-N ’09 (married to Chase Hicks, C-N MBA ’15); and Sarah Percy, currently a sophomore at Asbury University.

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