Winter 2015 Newsletter


Dean Steele Accepts New Position

David Steele, Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, accepted a position as President of Woodbury University (WU) in Burbank, CA.

During his seven years with the College, David strengthened the global and local reputation of his programs. The college consistently ranks as a top business school in “US News and World Report,” most recently as one of the top three business schools in the Bay Area and the seventh among California public/private institutions for first-time pass rates for the CPA exam.

David fostered connections between industry leaders for his students and faculty, specifically through the creation of six Executives-in-Residence positions along with the development of five new centers or institutions. More than 130 industry members serve on the boards of the centers and institutes, allowing students and faculty to connect with professionals in their fields.

Beyond these achievements, David focused on student success and faculty recruitment. He shepherded the development of the Jack Holland Student Success Center and oversaw the implementation of an experimental first-year program that provides incoming freshman in the college with an iPad. In the last seven years, he recruited 34 excellent tenure/tenure-track faculty members and his professors were lauded in a review by the AACSB.

We would like to thank David for all of his contributions and hard work and wish him luck in his new position.  His successor will inherit a strong foundation for continuing student success.

In Feb 2016 an AACSB peer review team made up of Deans from a variety of universities will be here for our accreditation review. We have been working very hard this past year to ensure we meet all of the AACSB standards for continues improvement.

So what is AACSB International? It is an independent accrediting agency for business schools, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International. Only about 1/3 of business schools in the US are AACSB accredited and only about 5% worldwide. Our College has been accredited since 1967.

Why is AACSB accreditation important? There is one key reason: Most major corporations do not hire from business schools that are not AACSB accredited. For example, University of Phoenix or even Golden Gate University are not AACSB accredited.

Many parents and students are not aware of this important fact!


Dean's Corner

Dear alumni and friends of the Lucas College & Graduate School of Business:

I am truly honored to accept the position of Interim Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.  In  all the years I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the college, I’ve learned that it is indeed Silicon Valley’s hidden gem, undoubtedly due to our:

  • Dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to achieving the college’s mission as the institution of opportunity for Silicon Valley – creating often unimagined possibilities for our students and our communities 
  • Graduates who are prepared to hit the ground running, roll up their sleeves, and get the job done 
  • Centers and institutes that provide critical linkages among our students, professions, and business communities
  • Alumni who comprise the backbone of the Silicon Valley workforce – they are the innovators, leaders, and doers who make things happen.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dean David Steele for his leadership and his many contributions.  David leaves a strong college with an experienced leadership team of associate deans, department chairs, school directors, and staff.  I wish him all the best in his new position as president of Woodbury University.

I look forward to working with our alumni, faculty, staff, students, administrators, and business partners to continue our efforts to make the college a great place to learn, to work, and to contribute to our university and our communities.

All the best,

Marlene Turner , Interim Dean

Marlene Turner

In The Know

Quick News
Congratulations to all of the teams who participated in and won prizes at our recent SV Innovation Challenge. 1st prize went to Melissa Osborn for her project An Elegant Approach of Desalination for Agriculture. You can find all of the winners here.

SVIC 1st place winner
Pictured - Senator Jim Beall, Melissa Osborn (1st prize overall winner) and 
SJSU President Susan Martin

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Kwan who has been selected, for the 7th time in his career at SJSU, to receive the 2015 IBM Faculty Award. The award is highly competitive and recognizes his outstanding contributions in the area of Service Science and the importance of this field to the information technology industry.

Jacques Francoeur, Cyber Executive-in-Residence

We are happy to announce the appointment of Jacques Francoeur as a volunteer Cyber Executive-in-Residence (EIR) of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.

Jacques is the founder and CEO of Spheric Security Solutions. He joins us with an accomplished track record of industry and thought leadership in the field of Cybersecurity. He has published numerous technical white papers and has been a driving force in founding a number of cyber initiatives. Jacques’ corporate career includes Ernst & Young, SAIC, Adobe Systems, Inc., KPMG, and the Canadian Space Agency. He also has an accomplished academic record with a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Jacques has been actively working with LCoB’s Dr. Leslie Albert for over two years in developing cyber risk and resiliency leading practices and delivering Cyber Risk Management workshops.

In his role as the LCoB Cyber EIR, Jacques, with Leslie, will be the driving force behind the launch of the proposed Center for Organizational Resilience (COR) in late 2016. As chair of the COR Executive Advisory Board, Jacques will help provide strategic vision and formulate the design, formation, and operation of COR, with an initial emphasis on cyber resilience. Jacques will also help form partnerships with government, industry, and non-profit organizations outside SJSU and draw other cyber leaders to our growing SJSU Cyber Center-of-Excellence.