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NDNU Names New Program Directors for School of Business and Management

Belmont, CA, August 23, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s School of Business and Management (SBM) announced new directors for two of its major programs.

Dr. Sujata Verma, associate professor of economics, has accepted the role of Director of SBM Day Undergraduate Studies, succeeding Peter Young who was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. CJ Kalin will be joining NDNU as both faculty and in the role of Director of SBM Graduate Studies, succeeding Dr. James Fogal, who was recently named Dean.

“Both Dr. Verma and Dr. Kalin bring a wealth of outstanding experience to their roles and we are very fortunate as an academic community to have them as part of our team,” said Dr. Fogal, Dean of NDNU’s School of Business and Management. “Under their leadership, the University can look forward to new ideas, energy, and growth as well as continued excellence from our programs.”

Dr. Verma joined NDNU in 2002 as an assistant professor and was recently promoted to associate professor. She teaches economics in both the undergraduate day business and evening intensive business programs. Last year, she led the School of Business and Management's initiative to formalize an internship program for business students in partnership with the University’s Career Center. She holds a Ph.D. in International Economics and an MA in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other degrees include an MPhil. in Economics and an MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India.

Dr. Kalin offers several years of industry and teaching experience to NDNU. She is an experienced program director – having managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of business and management courses for the University of California Berkeley Extension.

Prior to joining NDNU, she was an organizational performance management consultant working with businesses to improve their overall effectiveness.  She has also held jobs as an information technology analyst, financial controller, and a systems ecologist.  Her research focuses on sustainable business communities. She has taught at a variety of academic institutions including the University of San Francisco, UC Davis, and University of Maryland. She also spent two years in Asia as a professor for Troy University.  In 2002, she was appointed a Fulbright Scholar and served in Eastern Europe teaching systems thinking and management information systems.

Dr. Kalin earned a Ph.D. in Systems Management from the Union Institute and University, with graduate work at UC Davis, and NDNU. She also earned a BS in Biology from Chico State University.

In addition, two new full-time faculty members, Sonja Koppensteiner and Jordan Holtzman, will be joining the NDNU teaching staff this fall.