Cheryl Wyrick, an associate dean and longtime member of the management and human resources department, has been named interim dean at the College of Business Administration, effective June 1.
“I am pleased that Professor Wyrick has accepted the task of interim dean,” says Provost Marten denBoer. “With her experience and commitment to students and faculty, the college will be in good hands.”
Wyrick replaces Richard Lapidus, who is leaving Cal Poly Pomona after a six-year tenure. As associate dean, Wyrick has managed administrative and faculty affairs that included the budget, accreditation, and enrollment at the college.
She was named associate dean in July 2010 and has been a fixture in the management and human resources department since 1986. Wyrick was a lecturer until 1994, when she was elevated to assistant professor. Three years later, Wyrick was named associate professor, and in 2002 she was promoted to professor. She was chair of the management and human resources department from 2006-10.
“I am both honored and humbled to be offered this opportunity to lead the College of Business Administration during this time of change,” Wyrick says. “It is very rewarding to work with collegial teacher-scholars who embrace the ‘learn-by-doing’ philosophy.”
Wyrick earned a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University in Los Angeles. She received her master’s in clinical psychology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, after finishing her undergraduate work in sociology at UCLA.
Among her honors and awards, she has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year in the Management and Human Resources department five times.
Wyrick has written chapters in books and for peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she has made numerous presentations at conferences and workshops.
She has also been committed to the success of the college’s fundraising efforts, evidenced by her collaborative work with University Advancement, relationships that she maintains with major donors and her family’s own philanthropic support of the new CBA complex.