Leadership Team

Elizabeth Davis, Dean

Welcome to Saint Mary’s College of California, School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) and welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area - the heart of global innovation.  

Elizabeth Davis, Dean, School of Economics and Business Administration











What a year this has been facing challenges which required us to apply our ingenuity to every corner of the campus!  As we move toward a new academic year with this COVID-19 experience in our toolbox and a new strategic plan for SEBA, there will be innovations in our classrooms, curriculum changes to respond to the big trends on the business landscape, and a focus on alumni engagement and the business community. 

Over the past 12 months we spent extensive time and energy designing processes and procedures to continue delivering a high-quality business education while maintaining the safety of our faculty, students and administrators. This summer and fall new classrooms for hy-flex modalities have been outfitted as an ongoing part of the Saint Mary’s classroom experience; which heightens our ability to create greater capacity to serve remote learners and in-person students simultaneously. Faculty and students working together and virtually - in real time! 

This year’s trends in business have cemented the notion that “data is an asset” in the business organization. Anticipating this trend, SEBA will launch an undergraduate program in Data Science this Fall 2021 for our undergraduate students. This is an exciting endeavor and will allow our undergraduates to elect to continue their studies if they choose to participate in our Master’s Program in Business Analytics. 

Business trends have also noted that “working from home” or “remotely” will shape the workforce requirements in this new business landscape.  SEBA will launch its first asynchronous program (MBA) allowing all its students to start and finish an MBA program, in as little as one year, doing this entirely online….let us know if you have a candidate for enrollment!

Lessons learned from the pandemic experience and additional trends for business such as the importance of virtual interfaces and customer influence; the prominence of disrupted supply chains; the diversity of the returning workforce; the complexity of social engagement mechanisms; and the importance of business innovation models are all elements, critical skills and knowledge for the lifelong learner in the business world.  This year SEBA addresses many of these key strategic issues in our launch of our Executive Education Program suite - take a look at our new SEBA non-credit programs.

 While this past year and a half has had challenges it has also sparked creative responses and innovations all across the campus. We are enthusiastically waiting to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus in August and beyond. Last and importantly - we want to thank you for your continued support - for the school, for the college and for the community. Without you, Saint Mary’s would not be what it is today. Thank you and we look forward to seeing many of you at SEBA events this year.

Elizabeth B. Davis, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Economics & Business Administration
Professor of Management & Strategy
Saint Mary’s College of California