Dean of Cal Poly's business school takes job at NY college

acornejo@thetribunenews.comApril 18, 2013 

Dave Christy, dean of Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business, has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Baruch College in New York City.


Dave Christy, dean of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business, is leaving the university for Baruch College in New York City.

Christy, who has led the business college for nine years, will depart in mid-summer for his new post as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Baruch College.

During his tenure he recruited dozens of faculty members, invigorated economics and industrial technology programs and expanded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Under his watch the college has been ranked in the annual the nation’s best undergraduate business schools, reaching a high at No. 64.

“Dave Christy has made enormous contributions to the success of Cal Poly and the Orfalea College of Business,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong in a news release. “His hard work over the last nine years has enhanced the academic quality of our business degree offerings, expanded research opportunities for our faculty, and strengthened our undergraduate programs and student-advising services.”

Prior to Cal Poly, Christy, who is in his 30th year as a university faculty member, served as department head and associate dean for undergraduate programs at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

“I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished together in the Orfalea College of Business, and I will continue to embrace Learn by Doing throughout my career,” Christy said.

Christy serves on the Economic Vitality Corp. board, the Central Coast Economic Forecast project, and the Cancer Support Community of the Central Coast.

Christy’s involvement in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship assisted in the establishment of the SLO HotHouse, a business startup collaboration between Cal Poly and the local community.

An interim leader of the Orfalea College of Business will be announced by the college in coming months as Cal Poly prepares to conduct a national search for his replacement.

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