HPU News for August 2011

Crown appointed Dean of College of Business Administration

August 09, 2011

Dr. Deborah Crown
Dr. Deborah Crown

HONOLULU — Deborah Crown, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the College of Business Administration at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Crown was previously at San Jose State University, where she was the Lucas Endowed Professor of Strategic Leadership and Associate Dean of the Lucas Graduate School of Business. She had oversight of seven graduate business programs and graduate programs in partnership with the Colleges of Science and Engineering.

Previously at Ohio University, she held a joint appointment as a professor in the College of Business and the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs. She also was Director of Graduate Business Programs and faculty director of the Appalachian Regional Entrepreneurial Group.

“Dr. Crown brings to HPU an impressive range of skills and experiences that are an excellent match for our programs and for our state,” said Dr. John Kearns, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Crown earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Colorado. She has taught in China, India, Hungary and the United Kingdom. She developed a partnership between Ohio University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, which boasts the highest ranked MBA program in China.

“Hawai‘i is an excellent location to study business for a number of reasons, one of which is its long history of multiculturalism,” Crown noted. “While other states are trying to catch up with how to conduct business in a world economy, Hawai‘i has been engaging in global business since its inception.”

“HPU’s focus on relevant and internationally focused learning gives our students a huge advantage,” she said.