University hires new dean

Ali R. Malekzadeh to lead Williams College of Business | April 8, 2003

An Iranian native who is the dean of the business school at St. Cloud State University has been named the new dean of the Williams College of Business. Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., announced the selection of Ali R. Malekzadeh on Thursday, March 27. The naming is contingent upon approval by the University Board of Trustees. Malekzadeh has studied and worked all over the United States. He brings to the University a depth of experience and knowledge that will positively impact both the campus and the Cincinnati communities. Malekzadeh is currently dean and professor of strategic management for the G.R. Herberger College of Business at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. He has held that position since 1998. He also served as interim vice president for academic affairs at SCSU from 1999-2000. He was the recipient of the Minnesota State University Systems' Outstanding Academic Affairs Administrator Award in 2001. "I am honored to join Xavier University with its distinguished history, and the Williams College of Business with its outstanding faculty and staff,” said Malekzadeh. “Xavier’s leadership team, led by Fr. Graham and an active, dedicated Board of Trustees, has created an environment for us to educate a very special kind of student. Jesuit education has always stood for ethical, liberal arts, practical education. My entire first-grade through 12th-grade education was in a Jesuit school in Iran. So, I have taken the Jesuit values to heart. Working with a dedicated team of faculty and staff in the Williams College, we will make sure Fr. Graham’s vision for Xavier is achieved.” "I am very impressed with Dr. Malekzadeh's commitment to the study of business in the broader context of a liberal arts education," said Graham. "That kind of integration results in graduates who are not only trained in their field, but who also bring a high level of communication skills and ethical standards into the business world. Dr. Malekzadeh will be a great leader for the Williams College of Business, both on campus and in the greater Cincinnati business community.” While at SCSU, Malekzadeh made expanding and improving external relations a top priority, meeting with CEOs in the Minneapolis/St Paul/St. Cloud region to promote SCSU's mission and expand the school's impact. His work resulted in corporate advisory boards in all departments within the G.R. Herberger College of Business. Some of Malekzadeh’s other accomplishments at SCSU include: Overseeing the 70 full-time faculty, five departments and 3,500 students in the business college, and leading the department through a successful reaffirmation of AACSB-International Accreditation for the graduate and undergraduate programs. Making a significant impact on funding for technology, faculty research, student scholarships and international programs by coordinating the school's naming efforts. Forging strategic alliances with corporations and forming a dean's executive advisory board and a Council of 100, which includes top-level executives of corporations from the Minneapolis/St. Paul/St. Cloud region. Expanding the school's international programs to Germany and Australia. Overseeing the construction of a new entrepreneurial center. Establishing distinguished professorships. Improving the college's retention rate of majors to more than 95 percent through better advising and mentoring. "Dr. Malekzadeh is a consummate scholar, a highly respected individual and professional with strong and positive values," said Roger Fortin, vice president for academic affairs. "Together with the faculty in the Williams College of Business, he will help the University realize its mission and vision to provide business students with an educational experience characterized by critical thinking and special attention to ethical issues and values." Before joining SCSU, Malekzadeh was associate vice-provost for graduate studies from 1993-1997 at Arizona State University West. He joined Arizona State's school of management in 1987 as an assistant professor for strategic management. Malekzadeh's academic career began at Northeastern University in Boston in 1982 as a lecturer in business. He served Northeastern as an assistant professor of strategic management from 1983-1987. He earned his Ph.D. in business administration with emphasis in strategic management from the University of Utah in 1982. He earned both his M.B.A. and B.S.B.A from the University of Denver. He is the author of two books, and a third is forthcoming. His research and consulting is in the areas of leadership, and mergers and acquisitions. The Williams College of Business includes 10 undergraduate majors and five minors as well as M.B.A. programs, including an executive M.B.A. Malekzadeh replaces current dean Michael Webb, who is returning to the classroom as a professor of economics.