Eberhardt School of Business Announces New Dean
On March 12, University of the Pacific announced that a new Dean of the Eberhardt School of Business had been named.
Dr. Tim Carroll, currently serving as the associate dean for executive development at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, will make the move to Northern California to lead Pacific’s business school starting July 1st.
The Pacifican spoke with Dr. Carroll, who said that he is looking forward to arriving in Stockton and getting to work.
“It will be an honor to join the talented and dedicated faculty and staff at the Eberhardt School of Business and to support their mission of developing knowledgeable, innovative business leaders in a personalized, experience-based learning environment,” Dr. Carroll told Pacific Media Relations.
Dr. Carroll’s road to Pacific is one that includes a diverse educational background, as he began college as an engineering major, and ended up earning his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of San Diego. He later attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where he earned his M.B.A. in International Business, as well as an M.A. in Latin American Studies. He then became interested in organizational design, and in 2002, he earned his Ph.D. in Management at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
Dr. Carroll then decided to go down the path of academics and research; he served as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, then joined the faculty at the Moore School of Business, where he teaches and serves as an associate dean. Dr. Carroll’s time at Moore will soon come to an end, however, as he was drawn to Pacific.
“I was contacted about an opportunity for a dean’s role in Northern California,” he told The Pacifican. “When they laid out the situation at Eberhardt School, everything matched really well with my professional experience.”
“I’ve had a chance to launch and grow programs; I’ve done a lot of external work with alumni, corporate partners, and donors to improve opportunities for students and faculty…The strengths of Pacific and what I’ve had the opportunity to do seem like a good fit for what is already there.”
Dr. Carroll explained that he feels Pacific is well-equipped to deal with many of the challenges facing higher education today.
“There are a lot of folks understandably concerned about how we meet the needs of our students and employees. [Higher education] has to evolve. But I think Pacific is ideally positioned to continue to offer a compelling experience for students.”
Dr. Carroll cited Pacific’s opportunities for interdisciplinary work as well its location, which is surrounded by the vibrant business communities of Northern California.
Dr. Carroll will officially begin work at Pacific on July 1, but he will make a few trips over from South Carolina before then in order to establish contact with his new community.
“My first order of business is to basically do a lot of listening,” he said. “The advantage of bringing in someone from outside is that you have a different perspective, but you have to be mindful that there are people who have been engaged with the University for many years who already understand it really well.”
Dr. Carroll said he would speak with students, alumni, faculty, and staff in order to understand what they see as the challenges and opportunities currently facing the school. From there, he plans to move forward together to develop plans for the future. He does have some goals for the long-term, however.
“President Eibeck has outlined a few things around building out Pacific’s presence in the three markets where the campuses are located,” Dr. Carroll said. “There is more emphasis on lifelong learning in higher education, as well. Industries and careers are changing… What can we offer alumni and prospective students that equips them for careers as they evolve and change?”
Dr. Carroll also noted that a priority would be to elevate the academic profile of Eberhardt, as it does not get as much credit as it deserves, in his eyes.
Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs Maria Pallavicini is looking forward to seeing what Eberhardt can accomplish with Dr. Carroll at the helm.
”I am delighted that Tim will be joining Pacific. He is an energetic and visionary leader who will work with our faculty to position the Eberhardt School of Business for a strong future,” Pallavicini told Pacific Media Relations.
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