CWU College of Business Dean Announces Retirement | CWU Public Affairs

By: Rob Lowery
Posted: Sept. 19, 2011

Roy Savoian, dean of Central Washington University’s College of Business (CB) for the past 14 years, has announced that he will retire, effective June 30, 2012.

Savoian says his decision to retire was driven by the timeline for maintenance of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) international accreditation, granted to only the top 5 percent of business schools in the world.

“In his typical unselfish way, Dean Savoian has allowed the search for a new dean to be held in the coming months,” said CWU Provost Marilyn Levine. “This will be of immense value in keeping the AACSB accreditation in good standing.”

Savoian added, “After retirement as dean, I will teach and be available to assist as needed for the maintenance process.”

In addition, Savoian has been recently working to establish the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which would become the fourth CB outreach enterprise, along with the Supply Chain Management Institute, Northwest Center for Sport Business, and Northwest Center for Organizational Research.

“We have received a three-year, $45,000 grant from the Herbert Jones Foundation to develop programming for the institute, and I will be serving as director,” he said.

During Savoian’s tenure, the CB has significantly grown its faculty, started a master’s of accountancy degree program, founded the institutes, and become internationally accredited by AACSB. It has also forged strong ties with regional corporations, such as Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Tree Top, along with major accounting firms and financial institutions. CB alumni are recognized throughout the world as industry leaders and many either own companies or are CEOs or CFOs of national and international businesses.

“There is much we have accomplished during the past decade or so,” Savoian noted. “The faculty and staff have contributed in significant and meaningful ways to elevating the College of Business to a level marked by excellence in teaching, strengthened by research, and supported by professional service.”

Savoian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and PhD in economics. He taught previously at the University of Tulsa, from 1975-79, Purdue University, from 1979-84, and Lynchburg College in Virginia, from 1984-95, where he was chairman of the Department of Economics and director of the Center for Economic Education and then the dean of the School of Business and Economics for more than seven years. Before coming to Ellensburg, he served as dean of the School of Business at Adams State College, in Colorado, from 1995-98.

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