Dean named for BPA

February 27, 2008
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John Emery has been appointed dean of California State University, Bakersfield's School of Business and Public Administration.

Emery, the former dean of the College of Business Administration at University of Texas Pan American, will assume his new position March 1.

"I'm extremely pleased that Dr. John Emery is joining the Academic Affairs management team," said Soraya Coley, CSUB provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. "His record of accomplishments on behalf of students and faculty, as well as his past achievements in strengthening connections between the university and community, are noteworthy. We look forward to his work with faculty, students, administrators, and community leaders in extending the excellence of the School of Business and Public Administration and the university."

Emery earned both his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Denver, and later earned his doctorate at University of Washington.

He has held various academic positions starting his career as a finance professor at University of Arizona from 1970 to 1985. From 1985 until 1994 he served as the department chair and finance professor at CSU Fullerton.

In 1994 Emery became the dean of the College of Administration and Business at Louisiana Tech University where he managed over 60 faculty members, a number of staff, 1,400 undergraduate students, 120 graduate students and 65 doctoral candidates. It is under his leadership the College's enrollment grew by 47 percent by updating curriculum and implementing marketing strategies. During his tenure the College funded 23 $100,000 Distinguished Professorships, two $1,000,000 Eminent Scholars Chairs, and secured funding for six additional major grants in the low seven-figure range. He remained there until 2000.

In 2001, he joined the University of Texas Pan American. Emery has managed the growth of the College in excess of 10 percent annually. During the past four years the university's graduation rate has grown from 24 percent to 33 percent and the freshmen to sophomore retention rate has increased from 54 percent to 73 percent.

In addition, he has built a new business advisory board and increased visibility and participation of college economic development activities. Emery has also initiated implementing a Business After Five BBA completion program (both traditional and online instruction).

Emery is enthused about the possibilities of his new position, "Under the leadership of President Mitchell CSUB has reached a stage of development where many interesting opportunities exist to advance the programs of the School of BPA, extend outreach to students, employers, and other stakeholders in~and beyond the greater Kern County region," he said. "This will allow CSUB to contribute to the development of~the high quality workforce that is needed to support continued economic development of the region, and improve both the access to high quality educational opportunities and the success of CSUB's students.

"I am especially interested in exploring opportunities to provide not only access to management education but access to successfully completing bachelor's and master's level degrees - for existing and potential students. The development of a bachelor's degree completion program focused on former students and others that have yet to finish their college degree is a both a challenge and an opportunity."

Emery would like to create expanded evening and weekend offerings, a greater use of online and hybrid classes, on-site and off-site program offerings, the use of methodologies such as pod casting and similar broadband delivery based technologies, and non-traditional scheduling strategies. "All have potentials to make access to CSUB's faculty and programs available to all," he said.