Barbara Cartledge

Assistant Dean of Academic Programs

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Contact Information

Phone: 726-2935
Office: Dwight Beeson Hall 203A

Biographical Information

Barbara H. Cartledge is Assistant Dean of Academic Programs with the Brock School of Business at Samford University. She directs the academic advising of 400 undergraduate business majors and 150 graduate students in the MBA and MAcc programs. She administers the implementation and application of the majors, programs, and policies in the two arenas of undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has managed and coordinated the growth of the undergraduate program from 2 majors to 7 majors, 2 concentrations and 5minors as well as the implementation of 5 concentrations in the MBA program. Currently, she is directing Samford’s strategic focus of recruitment and retention in the Brock School of Business. 

As Assistant Professor, Barbara teaches the first business course, World of Business, which each undergraduate student takes during the spring of their freshman year. It is a unique offering with executive speakers and teams of students creating competitive business plans. The business plans are submitted to the Regions New Venture Challenge for the potential to earn seed money.  Barbara developed a new course Business and Local Poverty which allows the students to engage and discover the initiatives within metro Birmingham that seek to alleviate and mitigate the oppression of poverty. The course grew out of Brock School of Business social entrepreneurship focus. She teaches sections of Principles of Management,Marketing Management and Foundations.

Prior to her academic career, Barbara worked in the telecommunications industry with BellSouth Telecommunications,Inc., in marketing research, new product development and management in the small business sector. She also managed human resource data for CWA contract negotiations and strategic forecasting in BellSouth’s Human Resources organization. 

In the community she has served on the Vanderbilt’s Birmingham alumni chapter board, Sav-A-Life Board of Directors as Treasurer; a member of Vestavia Hills Mayor’s Education Committee; Covenant Presbyterian Church’s women’s servant team; Junior League of Birmingham sustainer. She is an alumnus of Birmingham MOMENTUM women’s leadership as well as alumnus of Leadership Vestavia Hills.

Barbara and her husband, Tom, have two children, Hall and Joan. They live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.


Ed.D., Samford University
M.B.A., Samford University
B.S., Mathematics, History minor, Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University
Barbara was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies in postgraduate studies.