ESU Names New Business Dean From California

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EMPORIA, Kan. — Dr. Kristie Ogilvie will become dean of the School of Business at Emporia State University by July 1, according to Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University.

Ogilvie currently is associate dean of academics in the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University at San Bernardino. Ogilvie visited the Emporia State University campus April 23 and 24 for interviews.

“The students and faculty were so inspiring,” Ogilvie said of the visit. “They made the decision for me that Emporia State University would be a good fit.”

Ogilvie earned a bachelor’s degree with a marketing concentration from California State University at Sacramento, a master’s of business administration degree from University of Tulsa and advanced research certificate and doctorate of business administration from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

She was a senior business analyst at GenCorp Corp./Aerojet in Sacramento, Calif.; and taught at California State University at Sacramento and California State University at Fullerton before moving to San Bernardino where she served on the management faculty and as director of AACSB accreditation before becoming associate dean. As associate dean, Ogilvie is responsible for graduate programs, accreditation, administrative affairs and student services.

“I am very excited to bring what experiences I have to take the School of Business to the next level with support of a wonderful combination of faculty, staff, community and Emporia State leadership,” said Ogilvie.
“Kristie is a real ‘go-getter,’” said Shonrock. “She brings energy and ideas that will move Emporia State University’s School of Business forward.”

For Ogilvie, the move allows her to return to her roots. Her father returned to the family farm in South Haven, Kan., after his retirement, and her mother, who recently died, grew up near Emporia.

“I often say I have the work ethic and mindset of being raised with parents from Kansas, but in the unique environment of California,” Ogilvie explained. “It’s exciting to get back to family.”

Ogilvie’s appointment closes out two national searches at Emporia State. Dr. David Cordle also will begin by July 1 as the new provost at the regional university. Both searches worked with the Witt/Kieffer executive search firm.

“Witt/Kieffer did a remarkable job securing exceptional candidates for both positions,” said Shonrock. “Thanks to local media, our campus constituents and the local community participated in candidate forums and provided feedback.

“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, this is an exciting time to announce two new administrators. Both Kristie and David will be important members of the Hornet team that will move us to our next milestone.”