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TitleDavid F. Pyke Named Dean of University Of San Diego School Of Business Administration
ContactPamela Gray Payton
Contact E-mailgrayp, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4681

SAN DIEGO - President Mary E. Lyons has named David F. Pyke incoming dean of the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration, effective August 1, 2008.

Pyke is currently the associate dean of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration.

During Pyke’s illustrious 16-year career at the Tuck School of Business, Pyke has helped develop Tuck into one of the nation’s top business schools. Last week, the Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive Business School Survey named Tuck the number one business school in the nation. The school also consistently ranks high in other business school surveys including Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, The Economist and BusinessWeek.

The University of San Diego’s undergraduate business program was recently ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the top 50 programs in the nation.

“The appointment of David Pyke, a man with significant experience in the classroom and as an administrator, will give our School of Business Administration a huge advantage,” says USD President Mary E. Lyons. “The business school’s undergraduate program has been ranked as one of the top five on the west coast, and the caliber of graduate students attracted to the MBA program is now comparable to that of many of the top 25 programs in the country. We wanted a visionary leader who will guide the school to greater prominence by strengthening current programs and creating new programs which will better serve the corporate community. Pyke’s invaluable leadership will undoubtedly strengthen our school.”

“I am very excited to be joining the University of San Diego School of Business Administration.,” Pyke stated. “For several years, USD’s undergraduate and graduate business programs have graduated quality students who are well trained to become highly ethical and socially responsible business leaders. As dean, I will work with faculty, students and other administrators to further develop academic and student service programs that will guide us to become one of the nation’s top business schools at the undergraduate and graduate level.”

Andrew Allen, interim dean of the USD School of Business, noted that “Pyke is recognized in academe and business for his extensive work in several areas including: operations management, inventory management, production planning, supply chain management, global manufacturing strategy, and e-commerce. As USD reexamines our course offerings, his experience as an administrator, faculty member and business leader will help to guide our very ambitious business school and further our quest to become one of the nation’s best business schools.”

About University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


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