Goodrich Named as New Atkinson School Dean

James A. GoodrichJames A. Goodrich, currently associate dean of The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, has been selected as the new dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

"We are very pleased to welcome Jim Goodrich to Willamette," said University President Lee Pelton. "Jim brings to this post the reputation and vision Atkinson requires for developing new community partnerships, fund raising and faculty recruitment. His leadership and expertise in managing international business programs will be especially appreciated by faculty, students and Atkinson alumni.

"Jim has a unique insight into this University. His daughter Jessica is a 2001 graduate of Willamette. I'd like to think her experience on this campus helped him and his family make this decision."

Goodrich, who has been at Pepperdine since 1997, previously served as director of the Westgate Center for Management Development, Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific from 1991-97, and as professor and chair of International Business, School of Business and Public Administration, also at the University of the Pacific from 1989-91.

Since 1998, he has been a tenured full professor of international management at The Graziadio School. He also taught at the University of the Pacific, the University of California, Los Angeles, and as a visiting professor in Costa Rica, Monterrey, Mexico and Strasbourg.

Goodrich earned his undergraduate degree in international relations from Occidental College; his master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence; and his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Goodrich, who will begin his duties in July as the new dean of AGSM, replaces Interim Dean Steven Maser who agreed to hold the post for the 2002-03 academic year following the departure of former Dean Bryan Johnston. Goodrich noted: "I really appreciate the effort that the AGSM is already making under Steve's leadership, and look forward to working with Lee Pelton to articulate the vision for this professional school within Willamette University."

"The faculty and staff believe Jim Goodrich will be an excellent leader," Maser said. "We expect him to build on the success of our masters program, which is the largest in Oregon, and create new programs that provide valuable educational services to managers and leaders throughout the region."