Provost Russ Newman Announces New School Name for Marshall Goldsmith School of Management & Leadership

Provost Russ Newman Announces New School Name for Marshall Goldsmith School of Management & Leadership

As we prepare to start the new academic year, I am writing to tell you of some exciting changes that have been taking place at our management school over the last few months. Importantly, the faculty-with student and alumni input-have been working to develop a new strategic vision for the School that will sharpen its focus and position it for a strong future. First, a clearer emphasis on basic business and management education was stimulated by the move of organizational psychology programs from the School over to CSPP. Next, the strategic planning process underway rests firmly on Alliant’s university-wide mission to train professionals who are prepared for culturally competent practice in a global world, and who can address real world issues in the communities in which they work. Also, as a part of the community engagement component of our mission, the School will redouble its efforts to assure education and training that responds to the needs of businesses and other organizations in our own local San Diego community.

To reflect the central role that the Alliant International University’s mission will play in the strategic focus of the School, the name of the School will become the California School of Management & Leadership. Considerable activity is planned beginning in the Fall to raise the visibility of Alliant as well as its schools, including the launch of a revamped Alliant website. Further, as many of you already know, Dr. Chet Haskell, a former Harvard administrator and former president of two institutions of higher education, will start August 15th as the new Dean of the School of Management & Leadership. Dean Haskell comes to us with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of higher education administration and leadership, much international experience–critical to the School’s continuing international focus– and with a definite commitment to academic excellence and to community engagement.

“Internships, consulting assignments, volunteer opportunities, and capstone projects are just a few of the ways Alliant will continue strengthening its partnerships with the region’s business community”, says Haskell. “As part of a non-profit university, the School of Management & Leadership has the responsibility to provide the community with well-prepared managers and business leaders who can make a difference both locally and globally. We must also immediately respond to the needs of the business community in preparing managers with the skill sets and perspective needed to cope successfully with both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” adds Dean Haskell.

I want to thank Marshall Goldsmith for his past affiliation to the School of Management & Leadership and for his support of education and training at Alliant. I look forward to the new academic year and to a vibrant future for the School of Management & Leadership, indeed for all of Alliant.

Russ Newman. PhD, JD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs