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August 2018

From the Dean's Desk

Interim Dean Ken Chapman
College of Business Interim Dean Ken Chapman

Dear alumni and friends,

With the start of the fall semester behind us, campus is once again active with students and faculty, and this academic year brings an abundance of exciting news from the College of Business. I am proud to announce that Terence Lau has accepted the position of dean of the College of Business and will assume his new responsibilities on January 2, 2019. Lau’s combination of industry and higher education leadership provide him with the experience needed to lead, and we are thrilled to welcome him at the start of the spring semester.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Robb has been appointed the new director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. Colleen succeeds Peter Straus, who will continue to teach, but retire from the center after 10 years of extraordinary service as director. Peter did an excellent job positioning the center for the future, and Dr. Robb’s energy, intellect, and hard work will certainly carry the center to bigger and better things.

All of our programs of distinction continue to offer students fabulous opportunities for personal, professional, and academic growth. Our newest center is the Center for Excellence in Finance. The Center for Excellence in Finance has already held community-based financial wellness workshops and put on fun, competitive investment simulations. In addition, our finance faculty have put together a new course, FIN 101: “Personal Finance,” which will be a general elective course, thus making it available to all students on campus. We believe students will welcome a course that gives them a running start at managing their financial futures.

It is always great to hear how some of our alums are making an impact. One I wish to highlight is accounting alumna Ashley Casey (’07). Ashley is making headlines, and has recently won CalCPA’s “Women to Watch” Emerging Leader Award, a prestigious honor given to five women at the Woman’s Leadership Forum in Los Angeles. Not only has Ashley made a name for herself in the field of accounting, she has dedicated herself to giving back by volunteering to help youth organizations and the American Heart Association.

Finally, the College of Business also continues to serve the North State, and we have recently taken steps to enhance the flexibility and community outreach of our management option for business administration majors at Shasta College in Redding. The Redding program is poised to grow and offer more students more opportunities.

Kind regards,

Kenneth Chapman
Interim Dean
CSU, Chico College of Business

Interim Dean Kenneth Chapman has been the associate dean of the College of Business for the last four years, helping establish the College’s Business Student Success Center, overseeing Business Student Advising and Services, the core curriculum, facilities, operations, and student-centered activities. Dr. Chapman has helped the College through three AACSB accreditation reviews, most recently playing a critical role in the reaccreditation in fall 2017. He has a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in marketing with an emphasis in cognitive psychology, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.