Dean, Orfalea College of Business

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA

ID: 7063100
Posted: January 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a distinguished public undergraduate and Master’s level institution located in San Luis Obispo, California, seeks a new Dean of the Orfalea College of Business. The University aspires to be the nation’s premier comprehensive polytechnic university, developing and inspiring innovative whole system thinkers to serve California and the world at large. The Dean’s principal responsibilities will be to promote Cal Poly’s mission of “Learn by Doing” through excellent business education in a comprehensive polytechnic setting, generating career-ready graduates. The Dean will work in close partnership with the Provost, President, other senior administrators, faculty and staff, and students, to lead and oversee the College’s vision and identity, academic programs and scholarship, student success, and external reputation and relationships. The successful candidate will be an inspiring and energetic leader with the proven capacity to advance an academic mission through excellent stewardship, thoughtful cultivation of key relationships and sound financial management.

In 2001, Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s and the Orfalea Family Foundation provided a $15M endowment to further the strategic plan of Cal Poly’s College of Business to become one of the nation’s premier undergraduate and graduate programs. Today, the Orfalea endowment earnings are used for faculty support, student support and for college facilities. The Orfalea College of Business is an engaged learning community that contributes to business and society through discovery and application. The faculty within the College are organized into six academic areas - Accounting and Law; Economics; Finance; Industrial Technology & Packaging; Management, HR & Information Systems; and Marketing - each headed by an area chair. At the undergraduate level, the college offers programs leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Economics, and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology & Packaging as well as minors in Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integrated Marketing Communications, Sales, Industrial Technology, and Packaging. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics programs can choose from nine different concentrations: Accounting, Consumer Packaging Solutions, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Information Systems, Management & HR, Marketing Management, Quantitative Analysis, and Real Estate Finance. At the graduate level, the college offers five specialized M.S. programs (Accounting, Business Analytics, Packaging Value Chain, Quantitative Economics, and Taxation) and an MBA program.

Cal Poly, one of 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) System, is located in San Luis Obispo, a coastal city halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The San Luis Obispo community is nestled close to the Pacific Ocean, has a population of over 46,000, and is an area with an extraordinary quality of life. The economy is based largely on agriculture and tourism and the region is known for producing world-class wine. With close proximity to many excellent vineyards on the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (or “SLO” for short), is the geographic and figurative heart of California. The San Luis Obispo Regional Airport offers commercial air service to eight major airports, and Amtrak offers daily rail service in California and other destinations.


The Orfalea College of Business produces career-ready, global business leaders through hands on discovery and application. All Orfalea College of Business baccalaureate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering. In addition to the degree programs listed above, the College also has some joint and dual degree programs. A dual degree option is offered in Architectural Management leading to a Bachelor of Architecture or Landscape Architecture and MBA. Approximately 80 full-time and 50 adjunct faculty members in the College teach 3,089 undergraduate majors within the College and 115 graduate students.

Within the Orfalea College of Business, “Learn by Doing” is reinforced through senior project classes which are required and contain an experiential learning project, ranging from marketing research, to economic analyses, to a low income tax clinic, to the development of new product packaging. The College’s learning environment embraces a teacher-scholar model, where professors are expected to display excellent pedagogical skills as well as engage in scholarly research and publication on an ongoing basis. Engaging in scholarship is one manifestation of Learn by Doing within the faculty. The faculty of the Orfalea College of Business maintains an active program of research and publication.


Apply Now

Please mention to the employer that you saw this ad on