Dr. Sergio Castello, associate professor of financial economics, has been promoted to dean of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business, effective immediately. Castello replaces Dr. Peter Frank, who left the department in December to take over as provost and vice president of academic affairs at his alma mater, Grove City (Pa.) College.
Castello was in his fourth year as assistant dean of the Byrum School of Business and had been serving as interim dean since Frank’s departure. After a nationwide search, he was selected over candidates from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, East Carolina University and the University of Dallas.
Prior to joining Wingate University in the fall of 2016, Castello spent two decades as a business professor at two institutions in Mobile, Ala.: the University of Mobile, and Spring Hill College.
At Wingate, Castello has been at the forefront of experiential and service learning. He has taught one course, Business 105, in which students collect donated shoes and then distribute them through a social enterprise. Castello has presented several papers on service learning.
“I believe students learn in the classroom and also outside of the classroom,” Castello says. He says he hopes to “build more courses to enable our students to learn outside the classroom, get real-life experience, and build relationships with people in the community.”
Castello, a native of Spain, is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, where he was an NAIA All-American in tennis. He also played No. 1 at the University of Memphis, where he earned his MBA. He has a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in international trade and finance.
March 11, 2020