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Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley

Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley sitting on steps talking with students

Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley with business students.

Caryn Beck-Dudley began her tenure as the seventh dean of the Leavey School of Business on August 1, 2015.

A well-established scholar in employment law and the design of ethical organizations, Beck-Dudley has served as dean of two major business schools over the past 13 years. At Florida State University, where she held the post of dean for nine years, she developed a compelling strategic plan for the business college, expanded its entrepreneurship, began an analytics program, established novel programs for veterans, and led an ambitious fundraising campaign for a new building. 

Prior to serving at Florida State University, Beck-Dudley held roles as dean, department head, and professor of management and human resources in the College of Business at Utah State University. She also taught at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Before her academic career, she was an attorney in commercial and corporate law with Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. 

“I am thrilled to join the faculty, staff, and students at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.” said Beck-Dudley when her appointment was announced in March 2015. “The Leavey School has a long history of providing principled leaders for the business community. The fact that the Leavey School is located in Silicon Valley ensures innovation and creativity will continue at the forefront as we forge a new era in business education.” 

Beck-Dudley is in her second term on the Board of Directors for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), where she serves on the executive committee. She previously chaired the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee where she reviewed hundreds of business schools at a variety of universities worldwide. 

An active member of the Tallahassee business community, Beck-Dudley served on the Leon County Economic Development Council, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the Knight Creative Communities Institute. She established Florida's only leadership award to recognize those who have demonstrated a deep and unwavering commitment to the highest levels of integrity, ethical behavior, and principled leadership. 

Dean Beck-Dudley graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in political science. She received her J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she was on the moot court team and the editorial board for the Idaho Law Review.