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  •  Business School Dean Drew Starbird Announces Decision to Return to Faculty

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 3:30 PM

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 – Drew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, announced his decision today that he will not seek an additional term after completing his five-year term as dean in summer 2015.

    Starbird, who served as interim dean of the business school in 2009–10, was appointed dean in fall 2010. He looks forward to returning to the classroom as professor of operations management and information systems after a sabbatical in the 2015–16 academic year. A member of the business school faculty since 1987, Starbird has served in many leadership capacities, including director of the Food and Agribusiness Institute, a multidisciplinary research program at Santa Clara University.

    In a letter to faculty and staff, Starbird wrote "It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you over the last five years. We have accomplished a great deal during a challenging period, and we have opened up many new opportunities for the school and the University in the future."

    Starbird further commented, "Through innovative teaching and scholarship, the Leavey School of Business creates new opportunities for our students and transforms the way we think about business and its role in our community. The school is in an excellent position to continue its mission of transforming people, ideas, and organizations to make the world a better place."

    Starbird’s many accomplishments as dean include:

    Overseeing the development of the business school’s strategic plan

    Revising the core curriculum for both the undergraduate and graduate business programs

    Overseeing the reaccreditation of the business school by the premier professional accreditor for business
            schools, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) 

    Creating the California Program in Entrepreneurship (CAPE) which has facilitated the establishment of 80 new
            businesses

    Launching the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative to support economic development in disadvantaged
            communities

    Establishing a new minor in entrepreneurship for students from across campus

    Developing a new M.S. in finance degree and constituting a new finance advisory board

    Implementing the largest executive development program in University history

    Hiring more than 25 percent of the business school faculty

    Building relationships with other programs on campus including the School of Engineering and the Ignatian
            Center for Jesuit Education.

    “Drew Starbird has introduced many innovative programs within the Leavey School of Business that support young entrepreneurs aspiring to launch new enterprises,” said Michael Engh, S.J., SCU president. “I am very grateful for Drew’s leadership in strengthening the organizational structure of the business school and in extending its professional accreditation.”Provost Dennis Jacobs added, “As an alumnus, faculty member and dean, Drew embodies the spirit and values of Santa Clara University.  With acuity and dedication, he has stimulated important curricular enhancements and expanded the reach of the Leavey School of Business.” The provost will be working with faculty and staff in the business school to conduct a national search for a new dean.

    Professor Starbird teaches operations management, statistics, and business analytics at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA levels. He also conducts extensive research in quality control and management, supply chain management, food safety, and contracting. Starbird also serves the larger public, most notably as a longtime member of the board of directors of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 

     

  •  INC Leadership Election Results

    Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 9:32 AM

    The Leavey School of Business recently held elections to designate student leaders for the 2014-2015 Inter-Network Council (INC) and its various graduate student networks.  

    These networks promote, coordinate, and implement programs for graduate business students and enrich the co-curricular and extracurricular aspects of student life in the Graduate Business Programs by offering graduate business students a variety of opportunities to network with classmates, alumni, and industry professionals through panels and presentations.  

    The following graduate students have been elected to leadership positions for the 2014-15 academic year:

    Barbara Ly – Chair of the Inter-Network Council
    Courtney Robinson – Vice Chair of the Inter-Network Council
    Pratik Shah – President of the Entrepreneurs Connection
    Nick Deinzer – President of the Finance Connexion
    Rudolf Siwy – President of the Food and Agribusiness Network
    Harrison Ng – President of the Information Systems Connexion
    Madhulika Taneja – President of the International Business Network
    Kathryn Davis – President of the Marketing Network
    Priya Prabakar – President of Net Impact
    Sha Luo – President of the Sports Business Network 
    Claire Phan – President of Women in Business 

    If you have questions about any of the networks or are interested in getting involved, please email gbpstudentlife@scu.edu.  

     

     

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