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Two New Deans Appointed at Notre Dame de Namur University

Barbara Caulley New Dean of Business; Lisa Bjerknes to Head Arts & Sciences

Belmont, CA, June 9, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University announced the appointment of Barbara Caulley, JD as Dean of the School of Business and Management and Lisa Bjerknes, MD as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1

Professor Caulley has been teaching at NDNU for 15 years and is chair of the professional studies program, which encompasses all of the accelerated adult evening programs at NDNU, liberal studies, human services and business administration. Under her direction, the program has expanded to include satellite programs at Cañada and Skyline Colleges. She has a broad business background as a chief financial officer/ controller for both large and small companies, including Raychem, and successfully started, and later sold, her own business. She holds a BA in accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from NDNU and a JD from Golden Gate University. She succeeds Thomas Hannen, who has been interim dean since July 1, 2009.

“Professor Caulley has been largely responsible for substantial growth in the professional studies program over the last several years and I know she will bring the same level of energy and dedication to the School of Business and Management,” said NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig. “I am also extremely pleased that Dr. Bjerknes has accepted the role of interim dean. I know she will provide inspired leadership to the College of Arts and Sciences.”

“It has been wonderful working with the professional studies’ faculty and students and I will continue to do so,” said Prof. Caulley. “I am delighted for the opportunity to now also work with the outstanding faculty of the School of Business and Management to build on the success of that program and make NDNU one of the premier business schools in the Bay Area.”

Dr. Bjerknes has played a leading role in developing the health sciences program at NDNU as an instructor for three years in the biology program at NDNU, and interim chair of the kinesiology program. She also teaches biology and physiology at Cañada College. Dr. Bjerknes has spent the last 12 years working in the medical and health industries as an executive and consultant. She holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MD from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She succeeds Professor Arnell Etherington, who returns to the Art Therapy Psychology faculty.