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Scott Dawson, dean of School of Business Administration, to lead business school at Cal Poly
Author: John Kirkland, University Communications
Posted: April 10, 2014

Scott Dawson, dean of Portland State University’s School of Business Administration, will leave at the end of July to become dean of Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Dawson has been a member of the PSU business faculty since 1985 and was named dean in 2000 after a national search. During his tenure as dean he led a strategy focused on making the MBA the school’s flagship program, surrounded by a portfolio of specialized masters. Leveraging the faculty’s strong ethos around sustainability, the strategy resulted in the school being ranked 14th in the world by Beyond Grey Pinstripes and first among MBA programs with fewer than 100 students, and launching four new specialized masters.

Dawson also instigated and led the development of a new business school building that will triple its current footprint. Construction of the $60 million project is scheduled to start March 2015 and will be ready to move into in January 2017. 

“Dean Dawson's leadership at Portland State University has been exemplary, both in terms of increasing the quality of our programs and strengthening our connections with the community,” said Sona Andrews, PSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “In the past year alone the School of Business Administration has launched several new programs and certificates, closed the gap on raising funds for expansion and renovation of their building, and implemented innovative changes in the curriculum. We will miss him.”

Dawson said he had mixed feelings about his departure.

“I continue to be very happy at PSU and was not looking to leave, but given my 14-year tenure as dean, the time was right to consider a new opportunity,” he said. “While I am excited about that opportunity, the sadness of course is that I will be leaving so many great, supportive friends. Serving as dean of the SBA has been a real honor.”