Scott Marshall, associate dean for graduate programs at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration (SBA), has been named the school’s interim dean following the resignation of Scott Dawson.
Marshall will take on the duties of dean on Aug. 1, and will serve until June 2015 or until the University hires a permanent replacement for Dawson. PSU will launch an international search for new dean this spring.
Marshall has been a member of the business faculty at PSU since 2000. He was the executive director of the SBA’s Master of International Management Program, and went on to establish and lead the Center for Global Leadership and Sustainability. He’s been the associate dean of graduate programs since July 2008 – a position in which he has overall responsibility for accreditation, curricular, budgetary, marketing and personnel issues.
Dawson, who has been on the PSU faculty since 1985 and the dean of SBA since 2000, announced in April that he is leaving PSU at the end of July to become dean of Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. 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.