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Hilton Barrett

Professor, Business Administration

Hilton Barrett
Office: 209 Williams Hall
Address: Campus Box 781
(252) 335-3580
Fax: (252) 335-3491

Dr. Barrett is presently Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Management/Marketing within the School of Business & Economics. This is his third career. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from UNC-CH in 1968 and practiced pharmacy for six years. In 1972, with two other pharmacists, he opened a new pharmacy in Rocky Mount, NC and was pharmacist-manager. This had been his long-term goal; however, in 1974, he decided that community pharmacy was not for him and went to East Carolina for an MBA in marketing research.

After graduating, he went to work in the marketing services group for Blue Bell, the apparel firm that made Wrangler jeans. After four years on corporate staff, he moved from Greensboro to Nashville, TN with the Red Kap division which manufactured industrial work apparel. His responsibilities included developing their strategic planning and marketing research processes. Later, he became the Director of Ventures and directed their product development and market development (including international). During this period of time, Blue Bell was acquired by VF Corporation (Lee jeans, Vanity Fair, Jansport and other brands). Most of his product development was either in technical areas (static control, fluid resistant, flame resistant, high visibility) industrial garments or in image apparel such as the corporate apparel program for the dealership technicians in Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, or Volkswagen. Internationally, he opened Canada for the division and worked with customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico. He was also involved with direct corporate sales (customers included Ford, General Motors, Disney).

He started working on his doctorate in management in the early ‘90s and retired in 1995 to finish his dissertation. He started teaching with Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN (30 minutes east of Nashville) in 1996 and taught mostly in the MBA program. In 1997, he was asked to direct their business degree program; in 2001 he went to Aquinas College in Nashville with the responsibility of rejuvenating their business degree program.

After his wife retired from teaching in 2002, they decided to look for an opportunity to return to eastern North Carolina. ECSU wanted a business professor with industry experience and the Barretts wanted to live on the coast - a real win-win situation.

Research and academic journal and conference topics include corporate entrepreneurship, strategic planning, creativity in organizations, and use of cognitive diversity in decision making. He incorporates his research topics and findings into his courses. He has taught courses in marketing and management as well in critical thinking and creative thinking. About 30% of his courses emphasize decision-making.