Michael E. Solt, associate dean for the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University, has been named the new dean for the College of Business Administration (CBA) at CSULB. He is expected to begin his new position June 1.
“Dr. Solt will bring to this leadership position excellent professional training, high standards, significant international experience and a keen interest in extending the reach, reputation and impact of the College of Business Administration in our region, around the country and internationally,” said CSULB Provost and Senior Vice President Karen L. Gould. “President Alexander and I are confident that the College of Business Administration will chart a strong path under his leadership.”
One of eight colleges at CSULB, the College of Business Administration has 130 full- and part-time faculty and 32 staff members serving nearly 5,000 majors. The college is comprised of five departments, including accountancy, finance, human resources management and management, information systems and marketing, and also houses the International Business Program. The undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business–International.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the College of Business Administration at Cal State Long Beach. I see great potential along with some challenges. The potential will propel us forward and the challenges we will tackle head on,” Solt said. “My goal is to help make the College of Business Administration the best that it can be and our excellent faculty will be key partners in this endeavor. Together, we can make the CBA one of the best colleges of business in the CSU system.”
In his role as dean, Solt will serve as the college’s chief academic officer and, as such, will direct and coordinate the instructional and curricular advancement of the academic and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He will also oversee the college’s research efforts and fund-raising initiatives.
“President Alexander has put the university on an excellent trajectory. He is a very dynamic individual whose vision for the entire university is compelling and has an enduring emphasis on quality education and student success. I am very pleased to become part of his team,” Solt added. “I also look forward to working with Provost Gould and the other deans to assure that we do our part to ensure educational excellence and success for our students as we create and maintain programs that are leading edge and innovative.”
Solt has been an associate dean at San Jose State (SJSU) since 2005 and has been a faculty member at the university since 1991, becoming a full professor in 1995. Prior to joining SJSU, he was an assistant professor from 1984-91 at Santa Clara University, where he also served as the co-director for the International Business Program from 1988-91. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati (1979-83) and Miami University (1977-78).
Among his professional affiliations, Solt is a member of the American Finance Association and the Financial Management Association. He is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Fraternity and served as an associate editor for the International Journal of Business Research.
Solt has made numerous conference and non-conference presentations and has published a number of articles in refereed journal. Some of his more recent published works include “Diagnosing Unforseeable Uncertainty in a New Venture” in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, “Transforming China in the 21st Century through Entrepreneurship” in the Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and “Exploiting the Weekend Effect by Trading Closed-End Funds” in Investment Management and Financial Innovations.
Solt earned his doctorate of business administration (1978) and his master’s of business administration (1976), both with a focus on finance, from Indiana University. He also has a bachelor of science degree in finance (1972) from Ohio State University.