Rady School of Management building
The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Courtesy UCSD

UC San Diego has selected Lisa Ordonez, a vice dean at the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management, as the new dean of the Rady School of Management, the university announced Thursday.

Ordonez is the first woman to serve as the school’s dean and its second since the school was founded in 2003. UCSD announced Wednesday that Robert Sullivan, the school’s founding dean, planned to step down Aug. 31. Ordonez is expected to take over as the school’s dean Sept.1.

In her current role, Ordonez oversees the Eller School’s academic and research programs, $80 million budget and the recruitment and promotion of faculty members. According to UCSD, Ordonez has three degrees, including a doctorate, from UC Berkeley and is the first in her family to graduate from college.

“Dr. Ordonez’s strategic, creative and inclusive approach to leadership will serve the Rady School and our campus well,” said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “As a key member of the university’s leadership team, Ordonez is ideally suited to set Rady School goals, develop long-range plans in support of the university’s strategic vision, and actively champion our mission of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Since its founding in 2003, the Rady School has grown to employ nearly 40 tenure-track professors and now offers a full-time MBA program, a doctorate program, a Masters of Finance program, Business Analytics and Professional Accountancy programs and undergraduate courses. The school’s students have also raised more $2 billion for more than 180 startup companies.

Last December, Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal ranked the Rady School’s two-year master’s program tied for 14th in the world.

“The Rady School and UC San Diego are known for their quality researchers and academic programs,” Ordonez said. “Founding Dean Robert Sullivan has built an incredible foundation so that the school is now poised to reach even greater heights.”

–City News Service

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