Dean Terri Swartz of CSUEB's College of Business and Economics to retire

  • June 15, 2012

Terri Swartz, dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay, has announced her intention to retire this summer. 

She has been at CSUEB for five years, having been appointed dean of CBE in December 2007 after serving five months as interim dean. 

“It has been a pleasure working with Dean Swartz these past few years,” said James Houpis, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her commitment to providing a practical, ethical, and diverse curriculum for business has helped make Cal State East Bay an exceptional learning environment for our students.”  

During her term, the college has been recognized every year by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s top business schools. In that time, CBE has launched three new degree programs — an online BS/BA, a one-year intensive MBA, and an MBA for Global Innovators — and made plans for a master’s degree program in accounting scheduled to launch in 2013. 

Swartz also helped guide the college in the reaffirmation of its accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the official accrediting body for business colleges. 

“On behalf of the entire university community, I want to thank Dean Swartz for her years of service at Cal State East Bay. Everything she has accomplished within the College of Business and Economics has been for the benefit of our students and has contributed significantly to the success of our graduates,” said President Leroy M. Morishita.

Under her leadership, CBE was able to provide greater student and faculty support through scholarships, endowed professorships, and increased opportunities for research and grants, community partnerships and collaboration. 

“I am confident that by continuing to work together the college will reach even greater heights,” Swartz said in a letter to CBE faculty announcing her retirement. 

Swartz received her bachelor's degree in secondary education and her MBA from Clarion University, and her doctorate in business administration with a concentration in marketing from The Ohio State University.

Prior to her move to CSUEB, Swartz was a longtime professor in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she also had served as interim dean from February 2002 to August 2004 and interim associate dean from September 1999 to August 2000. She spent 16 years as a faculty member at Cal Poly and before that, 11 years on the Arizona State University faculty.

Jagdish Agrawal has been named interim dean for the college. There will be a national search for the position beginning in the fall quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

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