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Jayati Ghosh, Ph.D, Named Dean of the School of Business Administration


Jayati Ghosh, Ph.D., has been named dean of the School of Business Administration.

Widener University has named Jayati Ghosh, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Business Administration and professor of international business. Ghosh comes to Widener from Dominican University of California, where she has served as associate dean of the Barowsky School of Business since 2010. Ghosh will assume her new position at Widener July 5, 2016.

Ghosh joined the faculty at Dominican University in 2002 and early on assumed leadership roles in the university as director of the Honors Program and then as director of the Faculty Development Program. She also served as founding executive director of the university’s Office of Internationalization and Global Education, now the Global Education Office. Recognizing the need to prepare students for a global environment, she successfully led the university’s efforts to establish programs for incoming international students and secure authorization to sponsor student and faculty exchanges.

As associate dean of the Barowsky School of Business, Ghosh has taken the lead on accreditation, curriculum redesign and assessment initiatives. She represented the school at the Aspen Institute’s Undergraduate Business Education Consortium designed to promote liberal arts education in professional programs. She also participated in the White House Convening of Business School Deans and the Business Community on Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business as part of her commitment to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students.

At Dominican, Ghosh has taught courses on cross-cultural management, business environments in Asia, business communications and globalization. Her research interests include economic development, health issues in Africa and Asia and small and medium enterprises in BRIC economies. Her research projects have involved students, and many are interdisciplinary, involving faculty from education, nursing, occupational therapy and the sciences.

“Dr. Ghosh has demonstrated leadership skills related to many of the high-impact educational practices that we value at Widener, including study abroad, research with undergraduate and graduate students, internships and service learning,” said Widener University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Stephen C. Wilhite. “I am confident that her expertise and passion will make her effective in leading the School of Business Administration’s efforts to accomplish the university’s Vision 2021 strategic goals focused on student transformation and success.”

“I am delighted to join the Widener team as the dean of the School of Business Administration,” said Ghosh. “Along with the dedicated faculty and staff, I look forward to the opportunity to lead the school to its next level of excellence at an exciting time for our students.” 

Prior to joining the Dominican University faculty, Ghosh held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her Ph.D., with an emphasis in industrial location and economic development, from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She also holds a M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and both a M.S. and B.S. from the University of Calcutta in India.

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