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Lewis R. Gale, PhD

Professor of Business


Phone: 209.946.2644

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday
10:15am - 11:45am
Wednesday and Friday
11:00am - 1:30pm
and by appointment

Weber Hall Suite 204-C


Ph.D., Arizona State University

B.A., California State University Fresno

Lewis R. Gale is a California native and grew up in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothill regions. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at California State University, Fresno, and master's and doctorate in economics at Arizona State University. Before he was named dean in July 2010, he served as dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics from 2005 to 2010 at Weber State University, was the Vernon M. and MaRee Buehler Chair in Leadership, and was a tenured professor in the department of economics. He previously was dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from 2003 to 2005, and was a tenured professor in the department of economics & finance.

Dr. Gale's primary area of research is international economics in which he has published several articles in academic journals, such as International Review of Economics and Finance and Journal for Global Business Education. His articles have ranged from international trade and the environment, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and import competition effects on domestic industries. He has also published on applied microeconomic topics including the responsiveness of elderly migration to state policy changes. Recently, his research agenda has centered on regional economic development and prosperity. With more than 18 years of collegiate-level instructional experience, he has taught courses in international economics, macro and micro economics, money & banking, monetary theory, managerial economics, and international business.

In his time as dean at three different colleges of business, Dr. Gale has raised more than $6 million for student success, faculty excellence, program support, and annual funds. Each business school was acclaimed for its growth and recognition under his leadership. He negotiated agreements with universities in China and North Korea to build a successful international economic program, and stewarded faculty to develop the first-ever graduate business sustainability curriculum in Utah. He oversaw the construction of the $10 million, award-winning Moody Hall and negotiated the first naming of an academic college at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Dr. Gale has been actively involved in economic development projects, corporate recruiting projects, and strategic planning initiatives in Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, and now in California. He has served on a variety of boards, organizations, and groups, including the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce,, the International Trade Development Group, Ascension Episcopal Day School, the Egyptian Theater Foundation Board and an economic advisor to the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. He was recently named as Pacific's representative on the NextEconomy Steering Committee in the Sacramento and a board member of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.