Following an international search, Erik Rolland has been selected to serve as the new dean for the College of Business Administration, beginning July 1. He is currently the special assistant to the provost, and professor of management within the Ernest & Julio Gallo Management Program and the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.
As special assistant to the provost, Rolland led the campus’ strategic visioning process and managed major change processes within the university. Under his leadership as interim dean of the School of Engineering, the graduate programs rose from being unranked to ranked No. 140 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
He also led Merced’s planning for a new Management School, including the creation of two new graduate programs in innovation, sustainability and technology (Ph.D. and M.S.).
Prior to UC Merced, Rolland served as an associate dean, department chair and faculty member at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside, as well as faculty positions in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems in the School of Business Administration and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
“It is truly an exciting time to be joining the college and the university,” Rolland says. “Our state-supported universities in California are gems in the national and global context. Cal Poly Pomona, through its polytechnic focus, is key to the success of our region and our state. Its programs of education and research help us create the workforce of the future, and drives innovation in management, in our industries, and in our communities.
“As one of the larger business schools in the country, the College of Business Administration is uniquely positioned to bring together the best of Cal Poly Pomona, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship that will help our region and state continue to excel, and be an excellent place for people and businesses to thrive. With its diverse student population, and an excellent faculty and staff, the College of Business Administration will continue to build excellent programs of contemporary social relevance and be a hub for innovation and creativity.”
Provost Sylvia Alva also shared her excitement about the appointment.
“Dr. Rolland brings a strong leadership background, strategic planning and curriculum development, and a broad range of experience in a number of industries, including software, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, banking and government, to name a few,” Alva says. “As a strategic leader and dedicated educator, he will lead our College of Business Administration in pursuing opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.”
Rolland holds a doctorate in Business Administration and an MA in Operations Research from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He also has a master’s in economics and business administration and a master’s in computer science from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. His undergraduate degree is in computer & information sciences from The Ohio State University.
Provost Alva thanks the search committee for their time and work in completing a successful search.