The University of Montana has named Christopher Shook as the new dean of its School of Business Administration to succeed retiring Dean Larry Gianchetta, UM announced Thursday in a news release.

“I am so pleased to welcome Chris to UM,” said UM President Royce Engstrom in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience and achievements, and will lead UM’s top-notch business school to even greater heights.”

Gianchetta retires in June after 41 years with UM, and Shook will take the new post by August 1.

Shook most recently served as Russell Professor of Management in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University and previously served as chairman of Auburn’s Department of Management. In the news release, he said he was thrilled to take the helm of the School of Business.

“When I visited campus, the sense of excitement for SoBA’s future was palpable, and I am looking forward to strengthening and building on the foundation by working with other units on campus, the local, state and national business communities, and alumni and friends,” Shook said in a statement.

According to the news release, Shook has international experience and roots in the West.

"Shook has actively sought out international opportunities for himself and his students, with stints at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Pau and ESCEM School of Business and Management in France, and the Academy of Economic Studies in Romania," UM said.

He served as the director of Auburn’s Central and Eastern European Studies Program since 2004 and was director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship from 2008 to 2011. He also has served as senior associate editor for the Journal of Management.

Shook received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned an master's of business administration from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate in business administration from Louisiana State University.

“Moving to Montana seems like a homecoming of sorts,” Shook said. “I grew up in a small rural community in Colorado where my family has owned a ranch for over a hundred years. It is very exciting for me to be moving back ‘home’ to the West.”