Zhan LiFAIRFIELD: Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University has appointed a new dean Dr. Zhan Li, DBA. Li is currently professor and dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California.

In addition to his role of dean at the business school he has taken the position of professor of Marketing.

Li, who previously served as associate dean for Graduate Programs and Research, and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco (USF), will formally assume the position on July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Li comes to Fairfield with deep acumen for lifelong learning, strong industry partnership experience, and scholarly expertise and understanding of the interconnected global economy that will continue to propel the Dolan School at a critical moment in our history, and as the Dolan School prepares to move into a new, modern facility,” said University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD.

Dr. Li joins the Dolan School as it prepares to relocate to a new, world-class academic building scheduled to open fall 2019.

Currently under construction, the 80,500 square foot, $40 million facility will feature a simulated financial trading room, large data analytics lab, entrepreneurship center with ideation lab space, visualization and simulation lab, and active learning and case-based classrooms. It will also be home to innovative spaces like a one-button studio and behavioral research lab, as well as the University’s Center for Applied Ethics.

Dr. Li received a DBA and an MBA from Boston University’s School of Management, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China.