James Robertson Named New Dean of School of Business and Economics
James Robertson has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Business
and Economics at Sonoma State University effective July 1. He replaces
TK Clarke who has been serving as interim dean since the retirement of
Dr. Ahmad Hosseini.
Most recently dean of the business school at Metropolitan State College
of Denver, Dr. Robertson headed business schools at California State University
at Northridge and the University of Portland in Oregon through the course
of his career.
He is a widely known and respected leader in the field of business higher
education and within the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
Business (AACSB) community.
He has been a consultant and a member of accreditation review teams to
numerous schools of business across the U.S., including San Jose State
University and Santa Clara University.
"Dr. Robertson's vast experience will stand our School of Business and
Economics in good stead as it enters into its year of AACSB initial accreditation
review and the continuous quality-improvement initiatives that
will follow," said SSU provost Eduardo Ochoa. "Under his leadership, the
School is also well-positioned to expand its relationships with the business
community in the North Bay and beyond."
Dr. Robertson successfully led schools through accreditation reviews at
Northridge and Portland and recently played a leading role in the reassessment
of the role of ethics in the business curriculum for AACSB schools. Besides
the accreditation process, he hopes to explore the development of a Family
Business Program unique to SSU and to develop international programs complementing
the SSU Wine Business Program that would bring students to the campus
during the summer.
Dr. Robertson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
He has held administrative positions at Chico State University, St. Mary’s
University and Seattle University.
He has developed research, conducted presentations and published in the
areas of health care, budgeting, human resources, marketing research,
accounting and family financial planning. He has served on the board of
trustees of health care organizations, chambers of commerce, and community
Robertson and his wife Peggy are looking forward to moving to Sonoma County.
CAPTION: Dr. James Robertson