'Cal State East Bay Appoints New Dean of Business College'

  • May 4, 2005

A professor and former business dean at Texas A&M International University was named Tuesday as dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay.

John Kohl was chosen from a pool of 37 applicants to succeed Sam Basu, who has served as interim dean of the university's largest college since 2003. He starts his new job on July 1.

In a prepared statement, Kohl compared CSUEB students with those at his university in Laredo, Texas.

"Both universities have a strong international flavor. ... I know first-hand that Cal State East Bay has a large Hispanic student population, along with students from Asia and Europe. This kind of diversity is an added benefit for students from the Bay Area as well as for our international students," he said.

The College of Business and Science serves about 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. A new facility for the college - the first new academic building on the Hayward campus since 1971 - is under construction.

Before taking a position at Texas A&M International, Kohl taught management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for 11 years. But CSUEB officials are quick to note that their future business dean is not a complete stranger to the Bay Area: For three years in the 1980s he taught business courses at San Jose State.


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