SDSU names new Business Administration Dean

Courtesy of SDSU NewsCenter.

Courtesy of SDSU NewsCenter.

by Luke Henning

This week San Diego State wrapped up its nearly yearlong search for dean of the highly-ranked College of Business Administration. The newly-chosen dean, J. Dennis Cradit, will take reins on July 1.

The College of Business began the search process for a dean following the departure of the previous dean, Michael Cunningham, who left his post last year to become president of National University after only two years at SDSU. Two other candidates took part in public forums to present their plans if selected.

Cradit was chosen from a national pool of candidates based on his ability to build relationships with business communities and his focus on education and innovation, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said.

“I am excited to welcome him and his family to our community,” Hirshman said in a statement sent by the university on Friday.

Cradit, who hails from Texas, holds a Ph.D in cognitive and social psychology from Iowa University. He’s been the dean of the College of Business at Southern Illinois University for the past six years and has spearheaded efforts involving innovation, entrepreneurship and economic developments. He was also the chair of the marketing department at Florida State University for six years

In addition to his academic position, he was also a member of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Illinois governor’s office and commissioner of the state’s Economic Recovery Commission.

“It is humbling to have an opportunity to join such an outstanding university as San Diego State University, and to be in such a dynamic part of the nation,” Cradit said.

The forum process was carried out through the Office of the President in conjunction with the College of the Business Administration. The forums were held over the past two months in the library in order to include students, faculty and staff in the selection process. During the forums candidates presented their plans for the university and then took questions from the audience.

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