New Dean of Nationally Ranked Charles F. Dolan School of Business

New Dean of Nationally Ranked Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Zhan Li, DBA, the new dean of the Dolan School of Business and professor of marketing, formally began his duties on July 1, 2018. Dr. Li was most recently professor and dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California, and he previously served as associate dean for Graduate Programs and Research, and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco (USF). Prior to becoming associate dean, Dr. Li was chair of USF School of Business and Management, a visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley, and a visiting professor of marketing at Peking University. From 2005 to 2008 he served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asia Business Studies. During his time at the USF School of Business and Management, he received five Outstanding Research Awards, two Outstanding Teaching Awards, and the Outstanding Service Award.

During his tenure as dean at St. Mary’s, Dr. Li developed innovative and integrative curricula, student success, and career development programs that resulted in the highest enrollments and revenues in the college’s history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Li led Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration to co-found the Visionary of the Year Award with the San Francisco Chronicle, which honors Bay Area leaders. He also helped to elevate St. Mary’s reputation and profile, which rose to top national rankings for MBA and undergraduate business programs.

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.