Business dean leaving CSUB

January 29, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Henry Lowenstein, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield, has announced he is leaving to take a similar position at a South Carolina university.

Lowenstein will leave CSUB in July to become the dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. The Wall College of Business is the largest college at Coastal Carolina, a public university with about 7,800 students.

"It took a special university and an offer one could not refuse to entice me away from CSUB," Lowenstein said.

He said he was pleased and proud of the progress made in CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration. The school enjoys accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). "That's a real credit to the faculty and the staff and the business community that supports this school," Lowenstein said. "There are a lot of great things going on here.

"I look with pride at the performance, growth, continuous improvement and accomplishments of BPA thanks to the dedicated efforts of the faculty and staff. Our small size notwithstanding, they have raised BPA's name recognition beyond the provincial to state, national and even international recognition."

He said he took special joy in "the students, the thousands who graduated on my watch and those who I mentored personally. Our students and alumni are the future of CSUB, our community and nation."

Lowenstein is chair if the CSU Association of Business Deans, which represents all business schools in the 23-campus CSU. He serves on the board of directors for the Western AACSB, one of only two California directors on the western board. He is one of 15 deans serving on AACSB's pre-accreditation committee, and is a corporate director of Tri-Valley Corp., a Bakersfield energy company listed on the American Stock Exchange.

CSUB President Horace Mitchell said he was saddened to see Lowenstein leave, but wished him well in his new endeavor. "Henry Lowenstein has provided outstanding leadership in advancing the School of Business and Public Administration over the past seven years," Mitchell said. "I congratulate him on his acceptance of the deanship at Coastal Carolina University, and I'm certain he will do a fine job there as well. By announcing his resignation now, he gives us good lead-time to search for his successor while he will still be here to facilitate a smooth transition."