Business Dean Gomez Steps Down, Returning to Professor Role; Lougee Named Interim Dean as National Search Begins

Dean Jaime Alonso GomezDr. Barbara Lougee, left, will serve as interim dean for the School of Business in 2019-20. Dr. Charles Tu will serve as interim associate dean for graduate programs in the School of Business.

Effective today, the University of San Diego’s School of Business has made a shift at the top. Dr. Jaime Alonso Gomez, who served as business dean since 2015, has chosen to step down and return to his role as a professor of management in the business school following a sabbatical. A national search to find a new dean will take place this fall.

During this transition, Gomez announced that Dr. Barbara Lougee, associate dean for graduate programs, has agreed to serve as interim dean to continue building the school’s mission and momentum while a search committee works to identify a new dean.

Lougee, who has been at USD since 2007, has been an associate professor of accountancy. Furthermore, Dr. Charles Tu, the Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate and academic director of the Master of Science in Real Estate program, will serve as interim associate dean for graduate programs.

“I am honored to be asked to lead the school during this transition,” Lougee said. “Having worked as a faculty member for nine years and associate dean of graduate programs for three years now, the University of San Diego School of Business and its success are very important to me. I am committed to working closely with the school’s strong leadership team and talented faculty, staff and students to keep the strategic initiatives and momentum moving forward during this period. I look forward to serving the school in this new capacity.”

Gomez’s four years as dean has been marked by numerous school successes:

• Business school programs earned several key rankings, including No. 1 college in the nation for real estate, No. 1 MBA in San Diego by multiple publications, No. 2 school in California for international business, No. 2 in California and No. 1 in San Diego for accounting, etc.

• The Small Business Development Center, The Brink, has been ranked as the No. 1 business accelerator in San Diego.

• The strategic plan for USD School of Business was finalized, and implementation of the plan is marked by the tremendous internationalization activities around the globe — a 24 percent increase in intellectual contributions by our esteemed faculty, impactful local and international innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, robust community engagement, and a renewed commitment to student centricity.

Gomez was also happy to announce two important items in June for the school going forward:

• On June 11, USD President James T. Harris, Gomez, CETYS President Dr. Fernando Léon and CETYS’ Dean of Business Graduate Schools, Dr. Monica López, came together to announce a new Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CEYTS) and USD Dual Degree program, which enables CEYTS students to earn both an MBA at the Mexicali, Mexico campus as well as a USD Master’s in Global Leadership. It’s the first time a USD graduate degree has been offered entirely outside of the U.S. The first classes begin in late July.

• On June 25, Gomez announced that following a rigorous auditing process — and as a testament to the remarkable collaborative efforts of our faculty, staff, and administration — the international AACSB accreditation of our business and accounting degree programs was extended for another five years.

“It has been a great privilege to serve as your dean,” Gomez said. “I am very proud of all the goals we’ve accomplished together in the last four years. We know the school is in a great place to continue to build momentum and inspire education with purpose, changing our world for the better.”

Lougee holds an MBA, MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. During her 12 years at USD, Dr. Lougee has received numerous awards for research and teaching excellence, including the Steber Professorship, Professor of the Year, and Professor of Impact. Prior to joining USD in 2007, she held positions at Morgan Stanley, the University of California, Irvine Merage School of Business, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Tu will be the key leader, administrator and advocate for all School of Business graduate programs. In addition to teaching courses, Tu oversees the graduate and undergraduate real estate programs and also coaches student teams in national and local competitions. Under his guidance, USD’s MSRE students have won the ARGUS University Challenge seven times in the event’s 10-year history.

— Ryan T. Blystone

Kimberly Malasky and Renata Ramirez each contributed to this story.


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