Pacific University Selects Dr. James Goodrich to Lead its College of Business

Contact: Joe Lang

Pacific University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Miller announced today that Dr. James A. Goodrich has been selected to be the university's Stoller Distinguished Chair of Business and serve as dean of the university's College of Business.

Dr. Goodrich is currently the dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles, a position he has held since July 2011. He will begin his appointment at Pacific on July 1.

"Jim's more than 20 years of progressive leadership within universities and consulting organizations make him the ideal candidate to lead our College of Business forward," Miller said.

Goodrich succeeds Howard Smith, the founding dean of Pacific's College of Business when it launched in July 2013. The college offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, management, finance, international business and marketing, and master's degrees in business administration and finance.

Goodrich's many successes at Cal State LA include fundraising and sponsorships totaling more than $3 million over the past three years for its College of Business and Economics, which serves approximately 4,800 students in eight bachelor's and graduate degree programs.

While at Cal State LA, he successfully orchestrated the college's maintenance of its prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, revamped the college's MBA program,  renovated and redesigned the student advisement center and created a strong business advisory board and alumni network.

Goodrich looks forward to taking on the challenge of advancing Pacific's College of Business. "This is a great opportunity to build on the previous successes of the college," he said. "I very much look forward to working with our faculty, staff and students, as well as engaging with the surrounding business community."

Prior to his time at Cal State LA, Goodrich spent four years at Alliant International University in San Diego, where he began as the founding dean of the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. As founding dean, he expanded the school's locations throughout California and developed innovative new bachelor's and MBA programs. Later, as AIU's vice president for international operations, he negotiated a new university location in Mexico City.

Goodrich is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest or to small private campus culture, as he previously served as dean of Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management from 2003-2007.

Additionally, he is a founding member of Marshall Goldsmith Group and has significant consulting experience in working with large and small companies in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching and strategic planning.

Goodrich's success in executive management is complemented by a distinguished academic career that includes full professorship at The Graziadio School at Pepperdine University from 1997-2003. As associate dean, Goodrich was part of a key executive team that helped the school obtain its AACSB accreditation for the first time.

Prior to that, he was a faculty member at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. from 1977-97, including the last eight years as a full professor. While at UOP, Goodrich directed the Westgate Center for Management Development within the Eberhardt School of Business.

Goodrich earned his PhD in international and comparative administration from UCLA in 1979. Throughout his career, he has published numerous academic papers on leadership, international management and human factors in decision making.

"We are very fortunate that Jim has chosen to join our community," Miller said. "He is a nationally recognized executive, professor and scholar with a proven track record of building strong relationships with many constituents. Those relationships have helped him develop successful strategies and initiatives throughout his career."


Founded in 1849, Pacific University (Ore.) consists of colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions and Optometry with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017