UNF names Buttimer as dean of the Coggin College of Business

He previously served as a professor and director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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The University of North Florida named Richard Buttimer Jr. dean of the Coggin College of Business. He will begin the position June 27.

He succeeds Mark Dawkins, who was dean of the college for more than five years.

“Dr. Buttimer will be a great addition to the university and will be instrumental in leading Coggin College and advancing UNF’s partnership with the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida business community,” said UNF President David Szymanski in a news release.

Buttimer, 54, previously served as director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate and the John Crosland Sr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Finance in the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Before his tenure at UNC Charlotte, Buttimer was an associate professor of finance and real estate and held the Gould-Mayfield Professorship of Real Estate at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has a doctorate in business administration and a bachelor of finance from the University of Georgia.

Buttimer’s primary areas of academic research include mortgage finance, real estate development and housing markets. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in real estate finance, real estate capital markets, financial management, financial derivatives and fixed income derivatives.

“My vision is to build upon Coggin College’s already strong reputation and develop into a nationally prominent business school,” Buttimer said in the release.

The Coggin College of Business has been named a Best Business School every year for more than 10 years by The Princeton Review. It is the only university in Northeast Florida nationally accredited in business and accounting.