OGDEN, Utah – Lewis R. Gale has been selected as the new dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University.
His appointment, effective July 5, was unanimously approved by WSU's Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting held today. The announcement concludes a nationwide search conducted by the university.
Gale, who has spent the last two years as dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), brings to WSU more than a decade of experience as an economist, professor and administrator.
"Dr. Gale's background and experiences will provide strong leadership for the Goddard School of Business & Economics, helping it continue to grow and adapt to our rapidly changing world," said WSU President F. Ann Millner.
"Both the faculty and I were impressed with the breadth of experience Lewis brings to the job," WSU Provost Mike Vaughan said. "He is very knowledgeable about business school accreditation, contemporary management education and research, and the role business schools may play in the economic development of a region."
Gale is excited about his new role as dean. "When I interviewed at Weber State I could barely contain my enthusiasm because I felt my skills would be a very good fit here," Gale said. "It's a school that has a lot of promise and a lot of opportunity. I was impressed by the caliber of the students and the faculty's dedication to teaching and scholarship."
In approaching his new job, Gale intends to spend the first 100 days getting to know the faculty, students and members of the community and learning more about their vision for the Goddard School. From there he hopes to focus on the school's upcoming accreditation maintenance review from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), setting forth initiatives for development and exploring new ways for the Goddard School to be involved in the community.
"I believe the dean and the business school should be key players in the economic development of a region," Gale said.
As dean of the Moody College of Business, Gale managed a college of more than 2,800 total students, 56 full-time faculty and 18 full-time staff. Prior to serving as dean, he was MBA director and associate dean. Gale first joined the ULL faculty as an economics professor in 1994. He chaired the ULL Graduate Council from 2001 to 2003. Gale is the author of numerous articles, presentations and grants on a wide range of economic topics.
Gale earned a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University – Fresno and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Arizona State University.
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