Dominican Names New Business Dean

Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink has named Luís María R. Calingo, Ph.D., dean of the University’s School of Business and Leadership.

Dr. Calingo comes to Dominican after serving as dean of the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll University in Cleveland. The Boler School is listed among the “Best 282 Business Schools” in the world (Princeton Review, 2007). Dr. Calingo previously served as dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of International Business at California State University, Long Beach, (CSULB).  He is also past chair of the California State University (CSU) Association of Business Deans, which coordinates the academic leadership initiatives of the 23 business schools in the CSU system.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Calingo to Dominican at a time when the University is enjoying tremendous growth in enrollment, research, scholarship, and visibility,” said Dr. Fink. “Dominican is well positioned to transform our School of Business and Leadership into a world-class business school. Dr. Calingo’s expertise in academic leadership, strategic planning, and fundraising will catapult the school into the international arena.”

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Calingo has held senior administrative positions in higher education in Asia and the United States.  As chief executive officer of the College of Business Administration, serving approximately 5,000 students and employing 150 full-time equivalent faculty and staff, Dr. Calingo led CSULB's efforts to have its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation status changed from continuing review to reaffirmation.  He also led collaborative efforts, involving five other colleges at CSULB, to establish new interdisciplinary academic programs.  During his tenure, CSULB’s business school had an increase in applications for admission from nearly 5,000 in 2000 to nearly 9,000 in 2006.  During that same period, the average time to graduation of CSULB’s business students decreased from nearly six years in 2000 to five years in 2006.  Under his leadership, CSULB’s business school was recognized with the California Prospector Award in 2002.

His distinctive administrative competencies are in strategic planning, assessment, external relations, fund-raising, development of interdisciplinary academic programs, and creation of institutional linkages.  Among his pioneering initiatives at CSULB was the establishment of undergraduate business degree programs in Malaysia and Singapore that have recently been approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  As business dean at CSU in Fresno, he actively contributed to the university's efforts to secure the first school naming endowment ($10 million) in the California State University system.  In 1992, this major gift was one of the 20 largest single gifts to a U.S. business school and was the largest gift in the history of the CSU system.  Also under his leadership, CSULB created the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, whose $2.5 million endowment is the largest single gift to any academic program in Long Beach.

Dominican’s School of Business and Leadership offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and leadership.  The BA in Business Administration offers concentrations in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing.  Graduate programs include the MBA in Strategic Leadership and the MBA in Global Strategic Management.  The School of Business and Leadership also is home to the Institute for Leadership Studies, a consortium of faculty, students, and business and community leaders committed to providing leadership development opportunities.  

In the fall, the University is adding an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise — the Green MBA — to its graduate business offerings.  Dominican has acquired the Green MBA program and trademark currently offered at New College of California.  The Green MBA was among the first of its kind and remains one of only a handful of MBA programs specifically focused on corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and social justice within the business context.  In addition to gaining the Green MBA, Dominican will become home to the Environmental Finance Center for EPA Region IX (EFC9).  The office, which is funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, coordinates the Green Business Programs for California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada. 

Dr. Calingo holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.U.R.P. from the University of the Philippines and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Calingo's professional interests are servant leadership, strategic planning, total quality management, and international business with a focus on Southeast Asia.  He has made more than 80 intellectual contributions (including books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations) and served as a reviewer for various scholarly journals and professional associations.  He also wrote the first internationally distributed textbook in Asian business strategy, Strategic Management in the Asian Context (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).  His expertise in strategic planning and total quality management has been recognized nationally through his appointment, since 1997, to the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest award for performance excellence achieved by U.S. organizations.
Posted April 17, 2007