New Business School Dean Appointed
Gale was selected as the next dean of the business school after a year-long national search to replace current dean Richard Flaherty. Flaherty, a retired dean and professor from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, agreed in 2008 to lead Eberhardt for two years while Pacific conducted a search for a new president.
"We are excited about Dean Gale's return to his native Central Valley to lead the Eberhardt School of Business," said Phil Gilbertson, provost at Pacific. "This young, talented, experienced business dean will connect well to our business community as we expand the School's outreach with regional programs. He has a great track record of dramatically improving the schools he has led."
Gale is a California native and grew up in the Sacramento area. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at California State University, Fresno, and master's and doctorate in economics at Arizona State University. His research interests are in international economics, and he has taught courses in international economics, macro and micro economics, banking, monetary theory, and international business. He has served as dean of the Goddard School of Business since 2005 and also as the Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Chair in Leadership since 2006. He previously was dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
At Weber State, Gale currently leads a large business school of 2,400 students and 46 faculty. He increased annual donations to the business school by 20%, increased its endowment by more than $2 million and oversaw the creation of a new Website for the school. He successfully created numerous partnerships between the School and the community to assist local charities, community service organizations and local government. The school also expanded an existing relationship with Shanghai Normal University in China and established new relationships with organizations in Europe and Asia. Under Gale's leadership, the Goddard's MBA program was listed in the Princeton Review's list of top business schools since 2008 and also in U.S. News and World Report's Best Business Schools.
The Eberhardt School of Business was established in 1977. The school offers 12 areas of undergraduate concentrations, an accelerated 16-month MBA degree program and several dual-degree programs. It houses the nationally-recognized Business Forecasting Center, the Westgate Center for Management Development, the Invention Evaluation Service, and the Eberhardt Student Investment Fund where students manage a $1 million account and then report on their earnings or losses at the end of each fiscal year. Eberhardt is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and has been listed as one of the top 200 business schools in the country for several years by The Princeton Review.
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