Artist's rendering of the Business and Information Technology building.
New dean, college and building grow business major
By James Tinney
For Shyam Kamath, the founding dean of Cal State Monterey Bay’s College of Business, leadership is about collaboration and finding common ground.
He sees that philosophy as important in the community as well as the classroom.
“The biggest problem (in the political sphere) today is how entrenched the different sides are,” said Dr. Kamath.
“I know that President Ochoa is trying to bridge that gap, I know that Secretary (Leon) Panetta is, so it makes sense for CSUMB to be the place that encourages those solutions that make sense for business while also encouraging environmental preservation,” said Kamath, who took over as dean on Sept. 1.
Business is the most popular major among Cal State Monterey Bay’s undergraduates; it had been a school within the College of Professional Studies. President Ochoa spearheaded creation of a College of Business to grow enrollment and to seek accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
In Dr. Kamath, the university attracted a founding dean who has wide-ranging international, academic and private sector experience.
He comes to CSUMB from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, where he served as professor of global business and economics and associate dean of graduate business and global programs in the School of Economics and Business Administration.
Previously, Dr. Kamath was at Cal State East Bay, which he helped make a leader in international programs.
Along with a new dean and a new college designation, the College of Business is also looking toward a new building. The university plans to begin construction on a new Business and Information Technology building on land adjacent to the Tanimura & Antle Family Library this fall.
Dr. Kamath said he is talking extensively with faculty of his new university to decide what direction the College of Business might take.
“It has to come out of the process. Like Michaelangelo, you have to draw the statue out of the stone,” Dr. Kamath said. “So that’s what I am here to do. They (the faculty) are going to lead this, I am just an instrument to help them succeed.”