Recognition tastes sweet these days at USD’s School of Business Administration, which was named by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the top 50 undergraduate business programs in the nation. The program came in 46th on the list, and is the only ranked university in San Diego County and the fourth highest ranked program in the state of California. Interim Dean Andrew Allen says that the ranking is quite an honor and reflects well on the high quality of the students and faculty. “Small class sizes and accessible professors contributed to the school’s debut in the BusinessWeek ranking,” says Stephen Standifird, the school’s first undergraduate program director. Not content to rest on these laurels, Standifird says that the school is “engaged in a variety of activities designed to further improve our already strong program.”
Community participation is a big part of life at Alcalá Park, where students, faculty and administrators are determined to do their part to make our world a better place. Now, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected USD as one of 76 U.S. colleges and universities for its new community engagement classification. Extensive documentation was required to be considered for inclusion; Elaine Elliott, director of USD’s Community-Service Learning Center, took the lead in putting together the exhaustive application, which points out that all four of USD’s current strategic initiatives include a community component, that faculty work on community boards is rewarded in the university’s tenure process and that students are involved at all levels of decision-making in the community service-learning program, including the creation of an annual social justice conference.
When the new School of Leadership and Education Sciences building opens this fall, some of its most dedicated and long-serving faculty will be missing. The department of learning and teaching’s Robert Infantino will be retiring, as will leadership studies faculty member and former School of Education Dean Edward DeRoche. Additionally, longtime faculty member Katie Bishop-Smith, whose focus is special education, is relocating this fall to Oregon. “Their commitment, dedication to teaching and program development made the strong foundation upon which our faculty can now build our teaching and scholarship,” says Dean Paula Cordeiro. “Their faculty colleagues and I wish them Godspeed.”
The inaugural dean of USD’s School of Peace Studies will be Father William “Bill” Headley, President Lyons announced in late April. He will take the position on Aug. 1. Lyons called this appointment an important step in “building a globally recognized school to promote social justice and peace building.” Headley has held leadership positions at Catholic Relief Services since 2000 and has led a career that includes a variety of academic and nonprofit assignments around the globe. Lyons calls him a “world-class person in every respect.”
New basketball coach Bill Grier took over from Brad Holland in late March, to become the Toreros’ 11th head coach in program history and just the fourth coach since USD moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80. Grier comes to the school from Gonzaga University, where he had been on staff for the past 16 years and played an integral role in the school’s arrival on the national scene