Pacific welcomes new Eberhardt School of Business dean

Charles Moses

Charles Moses will begin his new role as dean of the Eberhardt School of Business June 1. 

Charles Moses, dean of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, has been appointed dean of the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific, officials announced today.

Moses has served as dean at USF since July 2019, leading the School of Management’s 3,000 students, 100 full-time and part-time faculty and 50 staff across seven undergraduate majors, eight graduate programs and five dual degree programs.

Over the past three years, Moses has led the school’s successful efforts to increase enrollment, create new industry partnerships, expand internships, cocurricular opportunities and executives-in-residence programs, build new global opportunities and community partnerships and raise nearly $25 million.

He also created new degree programs in business analytics and marketing intelligence, developed new market-driven executive and certificate programs, secured reaccreditation and increased U.S. News & World Report rankings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dean Moses to University of the Pacific,” said President Christopher Callahan. “I know he will take our strong Eberhardt School of Business and bring it to new heights, just as he did at the University of San Francisco, through his collaborative leadership style and focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and the student experience.”

Moses said he was excited to join Pacific.

“University of the Pacific is on the move and I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic academic community,” he said. “Business education is challenged to be agile, relevant and transformative. I hope to lead a highly collaborative process which sees the Eberhardt School of Business, through thoughtful action, improve in all of these areas.”

Before joining the University of San Francisco, Moses served as dean of the College of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University and interim dean at the College of Business Administration at Austin Peay State University.

Moses started his career as a journalist in New York, first at the Rochester Times-Union and later at Newsday, where he was a business correspondent and editor before serving as a strategic planning and budget executive. He also served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists.

He moved from journalism to public service in 1989, serving as deputy press secretary for the Office of the Comptroller of New York City and then executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Black Affairs, where he opened the state’s business development office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Moses moved into higher education in 1996 as the founding dean of Edupark, a business school affiliated with the University of Limpopo in South Africa.

He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Kettering Foundation Public Scholar and a Mellon Fellow focused on globalization of higher education institutions. He also has served on the international faculty of the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies since 2007, where he has taught MBA classes on strategy and a doctoral seminar.

A graduate of Howard University, Moses earned his master of business administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and his doctor of business administration from Case Western Reserve University.

The new Eberhardt School dean, who will start June 1, is the latest new member of Pacific’s leadership team assembled by Callahan since he started as president in July 2020 after 15 years as dean and vice provost at Arizona State University.

Last year, UCLA Dean for Students Maria Q. Blandizzi was named vice president for student life; Liz Orwin, head of engineering at Harvey Mudd College, was appointed dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science; Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, vice provost for diversity at the University of San Francisco, was appointed Pacific’s inaugural vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion; and Scott Biedermann was promoted to vice president for development and alumni relations. Christopher Ferguson, an enrollment strategist from Occidental College, started in September 2020 as Pacific’s vice president for enrollment management.

Pacific is California’s first and oldest university, chartered in 1851. The university, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, is ranked as the No. 19 college in the West by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education and in the Top 100 nationally.

Pacific started its business school in 1977 and later renamed it the Eberhardt School of Business to honor the Eberhardt family, which leads the Bank of Stockton and has been longtime supporters of the university.

The Eberhardt School of Business has 435 students, 35 faculty and staff and a $42 million endowment, including a student stock investment fund created by the Eberhardt family and a new student bond investment fund created by Regent Evan Dreyfuss, an Eberhardt alumnus who served on the search committee for the new dean.

Other prominent alumni include Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt, vice president of retail banking at the Bank of Stockton and vice chair of the Pacific Board of Regents; Douglass M. Eberhardt II, president, CEO and chairman of the Bank of Stockton; Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos; Steve Goulart, executive vice president and chief investment officer at MetLife; Mary Lynn Ferguson-McHugh, CEO of Family Care and P&G Ventures at Procter & Gamble; and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

The Eberhardt School offers specializations in accounting, business analytics, finance, management and human resources, marketing, sports analytics and sports management.

Poets & Quants recently ranked the school No. 1 in the West and No. 8 in the country among business schools at universities with 7,000 or fewer students.