NDNU Names New Dean to the School of Business and Management
Belmont, CA, July 23, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur University has named Dr. James Fogal the new Dean of the School of Business and Management, effective immediately.
Dr. Fogal brings outstanding experience and connections from the private sector. He joined the NDNU family as an associate professor and director of the school’s graduate programs just a year ago and was getting comfortable in his new position when he stepped up and took over as the new Dean, succeeding George Klemic, who has accepted a position at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.
“Dr. Fogal offers a wealth of industry and teaching experience to NDNU,” said NDNU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Judith Maxwell Greig. “During the past year he has served as director of the three graduate business programs, MBA, MPA, and MSM. That work included conducting program reviews for all three business graduate programs, as well as assisting the University to implement many of the recommendations to ensure we are best preparing our students to meet any future challenges.
“He has also built a strong working relationship with the graduate admissions team, which has resulted in increased admissions to the programs,” Dr. Greig added.
Besides helping increase graduate admissions, Dr. Fogal is credited with making major improvements in graduate programs. One of those areas was the introduction of a new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course as part of the Master’s of Public Administration program. Students in the program used GIS to help local community planning for the location of child care centers among other things.
“We’re going to try to integrate GIS into all the School of Business and Management programs, graduate and possibly even undergraduate, in the coming years,” said Dr. Fogal, for whom the GIS class is an example of what he calls “applied teaching.”
“We have to combine theory with real world application,” he said. “Our job is to prepare our students to go out there and make a difference. I’m looking forward to continuing to work on those areas, as well as on the undergraduate programs, as Dean.”
Prior to coming to NDNU, Dr. Fogal taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Analytics & Information Systems, Information Sciences & Technology, and Systems Integration for the University of Phoenix. He also held senior management positions at Cisco Systems, Exodus Communications, and UPS. Dr. Fogal earned a Ph.D. from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Sciences/Operations Research and MS and BS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Technology from California State University, Fresno.