Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- August 22, 2001

Business Dean, Dr. Amin Elmallah Chairs First CSU Panel

Dr. Amin A. Elmallah, Dean of California State University, Stanislaus' College of Business Administration, has assumed leadership at the California State University system level in his first year on the job.

Named the College's dean in July 2000, Elmallah brought recognition to CSU Stanislaus earlier this year when he was named Founding Chair of the newly organized CSU Association of Business Deans (CSUABD).

"Amin has brought to the campus a very strong and refreshing leadership for the College of Business Administration," CSU Stanislaus President Marvalene Hughes said. "He has partnered with many community entities and garnered their support. It comes as no surprise that his peers recognized his leadership ability and made him their chair even though he is one of the most recent appointees in the system."

The Association includes representatives from all 23 CSU campuses. Its objectives are to advance business education in the state, to ensure that the system delivers top-quality business education programs to students, and to address faculty recruitment and salary issues. The majority of the undergraduates and Master of Business Administration graduate students entering the business world or employed as managers and owners of business enterprises in California come from the CSU system, Elmallah noted.

"I've always believed that we should have an organization like this to bring the business deans of the CSU together, so I'm flattered that they would choose me as their first Chair," Elmallah said. "It is our hope that under the umbrella of the CSU Association of Business Deans we will be positioned to share information within the CSU and to represent our interests to external constituencies more effectively."

Elmallah said that the Association is most concerned about attracting and retaining highly qualified faculty and continuing to develop cutting-edge programs that meet the needs of CSU stakeholders. He also feels that the Association can have a greater impact with national and international business dean organizations as well as support initiatives under the leadership of CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. Helping to promote a well-educated and trained workforce, advancing economic development in California, and forming more partnerships with the business community are high priorities of the Association, he noted.

Other goals of the group include:

  • To develop the Association's organizational structure and governing system;
  • To mentor newly appointed system business deans;
  • To improve exchange of information about faculty recruitment and curriculum development;
  • To establish an organization Web site for exchange of information, plans, and strategies related to business schools' education programs;
  • To increase business deans' effectiveness in networking at the international deans association level;
  • To set the agenda to address the role of business education in workforce training and economic prosperity for Californians.
Dr. Elmallah has served with the CSU system for many years, previously as an associate dean and department chair at CSU Sacramento and as a faculty member at CSU Chico. His rich professional background as a business educator and leader has included posts as Director of the Government Accounting Institute, Coordinator of the African Studies Program, and Coordinator of the International Business Program.

A graduate of Alexandria University in Egypt, Dr. Elmallah earned his Master of Business Administration degree at Indiana University and Ph.D. in Accountancy at the University of Illinois. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels of Alexandria University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Colorado.

In his first year at CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Elmallah focused on establishing the University as a source of one of the best business education programs in the country. His primary focus has been on program improvement as the College of Business undergoes the accreditation process.


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