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Marylou Shockley

Dr. Marylou Shockley, Ph.D., Interim Dean, CSUMB College of Business


Dean's Message

August/September 2023 COB Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Fall 2023! The campus has come alive again, with students moving in and faculty returning to campus. The buzz is always so invigorating, with lots of hope for a successful academic year. Unlike last year, we have a full complement of senior leadership in place led by our President, Vanya Quinones.  

The two themes are increasing enrollments and igniting the Otter Spirit to reinforce a sense of belonging at CSUMB. The second annual Otter Plunge held Sunday morning was attended by 400 plus students and employees; they accompanied Vanya into the Bay (many plunged just their feet into the cold bay water) and joined her at the bonfire.  

The College of Business is off to a good start. Our enrollments are "holding" year over year and not decreasing; this is good news. What I find heartwarming is that all employees understand that encouraging prospective students to come and creating a culture that makes students feel welcome is everybody's business. 

Our COB staff have worked diligently during the summer to prepare for an excellent start to the new academic year. I am grateful. Their work helps the College of Business be approachable and helpful to our students.  

I'd like to give a shout-out to Jennifer Andrew for getting the Annual Report for the prior academic year published at the start of the term. This is a big achievement; it has been Jennifer's three-year goal to accomplish this, and she did it! Visit us on the 3rd floor of the Business & Information Technology Building to pick up your copy of the 2022-23 College of Business Annual Report.

The Senate established its faculty awards this past year. Dr. Leslie Boni was honored with the Outstanding Chair Award, Susan Harker was recognized for Outstanding Mentoring, and Jeff Froshman received the Outstanding Community and Professional Application Award. Congratulations to Leslie, Susan, and Jeff!

We most certainly are facing some challenges, especially on budgets. I am hopeful that we as a College can successfully navigate through the budget and other constraints due to the dedication and resilience of our COB team and all of our supporters.  

With Appreciation,

Dr. Marylou Shockley, Ph.D.
CSUMB College of Business Dean (Interim)

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