Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters Selected as Dean of School of Business and Economics

The State University of New York at Plattsburgh issued the following news release:

The chair of management in the School of Business and Engineering at Quinnipiac University is the new dean of SUNY Plattsburgh’s School of Business and Economics.

Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, a professor of management at the Hamden, Conn., university, accepted the position March 30 with the intent of being on campus this summer.

“Dr. Ortiz-Walters is a perfect choice to lead our School of Business and Economics,” said Dr. James Liszka, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Her qualities as administrator and scholar, and her outreach to communities, are sure to benefit SBE and our Plattsburgh businesses and organizations.”

Ortiz-Walters was selected from a field of outstanding candidates, said President John Ettling. The national search was chaired by Dean of Library and Information Technology Service Holly Heller-Ross.

Ortiz-Walters received a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Technology Management University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from theUniversity of Connecticut. Her works appear in such scholarly publications as “The Journal of Organizational Behavior,” “Journal of Vocational Behavior,” and the “Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.”

Her interests include examining mentoring relationships as a career developmental tool for women and racial minorities, issues of diversity in the workplace, and the entrepreneurial ventures of racial minorities and women. Ortiz-Walters is a founding member of Quinnipiac University’s B-WISE — Business Women in Search of Excellence — initiative and a member of Connecting Women, a School of Business Advisory Board committee. In addition, she has served as an advisory board member for a study of gender diversity for the Harvard Medical School and is co-founder of the Center for Women and Business at Quinnipiac.

“We are delighted that Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters has accepted the position as dean of the School of Business and Economics,” Ettling said. “I would like to thank the committee and the search firm that produced some excellent candidates. We are fortunate and look forward to her arrival on July 1.”

As dean of the SBE, Ortiz-Walters will oversee 38 full-time faculty members and an undergraduate enrollment of more than 1,000. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in 11 programs and minors in 10 programs. SUNY Plattsburgh received accreditation in 2002 from the AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — the premier accrediting agency for schools of business. Ortiz-Walters will oversee the accreditation processes, ensuring that the SBE exceeds AACSB standards.

No stranger to AACSB, Ortiz-Walters was a senior leadership team member at Quinnipiac during its most recent maintenance visit by the AACSB reviewers. As such, she was responsible for meeting with the Continuous Improvement Review Team to discuss AACSB standards issues.

Ortiz-Walters said she, too, is “delighted to be joining the SUNY Plattsburgh academic and business community.”

“Many aspects of the school are attractive to me, including a strong faculty with terminal degrees, a strong international and first-generation student presence and an investment in new facilities,” she said. “This is an exciting time in the history of the school, and I look forward to supporting its success as the next dean.”

Contact: Gerianne Wright, Assistant Director of Communications, 518/564-2090, news@plattsburgh.edu

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