Business School Dean Named

Yunzeng Wang, who has been the interim dean, is named permanent dean of the School of Business Administration

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Yunzeng Wang, dean of the School of Business Administration

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Yunzeng Wang, who has served an interim dean of the University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration since October 2011, has been named permanent dean.

“I’m excited to be able to appoint Yunzeng Wang as dean,” said Dallas Rabenstein, provost of UC Riverside. “He has done an admirable job as interim dean, and I look forward to his continued leadership of the school.”

Since being named interim dean, Wang has overseen the launch of three graduate business programs: a master’s degree in finance, a master’s degree in accounting and a flexible MBA program. The addition of these programs, along with growth of the traditional MBA program, has nearly doubled the number of graduate students at the school.

He has also significantly increased fundraising, worked to re-engage business school alumni and continued the annual regional economic forecast conference, which drew record attendance and sponsorships in fall 2013.

Yunzeng Wang talks to students at the regional economic forecast conference in Oct. 2013

Yunzeng Wang talks to students at the regional economic forecast conference in Oct. 2013

In addition, he has increased outreach to Inland Southern California. More than 200 area high school students attended the 2013 economic forecast conference. And, in the recent months, the business school has signed agreements with several local companies and public agencies to provide tuition-assistance to their employees.

Wang joined the School of Business Administration  in 2008 as the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Supply Chain Management and professor of finance and management science. He also served as an associate dean in the school prior to becoming interim dean.

Prior to arriving at UC Riverside, Wang was a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and a faculty member at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Wang’s research interests include supply chain management, technology acquisition and adoption strategy, US-China economic development and trade, stochastic optimization and game theory.

He earned his Ph.D. in operations management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He has a master’s degree in management sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a master’s degree in engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering from Shandong University in China.

Established in 1972, the UC Riverside School of Business Administration, home of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, is the first professional school of its kind in the region, and the only one at a research-based institution. Leveraging its location at the nexus of commerce, the UCR business school seeks to develop world-class leaders and scholars who are as diverse as the challenges they face and the enterprises they grow.

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