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

Over a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down. As a school and as a community, SEBA and Saint Mary’s College came together to transition our way of teaching, our way of learning and our way of living. While the shift was stressful, it also provided an opportunity for us, as a community, to come together to support our students, faculty and staff.

We are encouraged by the increased pace of vaccine distribution and the rapidly improving health conditions in the Bay Area, and as such are optimistic that we are turning the corner and moving in the direction of some semblance of normal in our lives. 

Our goal for Fall 2021 is to return to our offering of primarily in-person and hybrid classes, and resume many in-person services and activities. This is an exciting time as we build on the things we have learned through our experiences during the pandemic year.  Our close-knit, resilient community is committed to ensuring everyone's health through enhanced protocols and personal accountability as we work to reopen the campus.  

We would like to take this time to thank all our SEBA stakeholder groups for their engagement in the strategy revision of the school’s current branding, marketing, operations and long-term strategy. Your support and participation is vital to this process and will ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality of instruction and services to our students and alumni. Our strategic planning process, while focusing on continuous improvement, will be completed by the summer. 

We are eager to share some exciting updates and information about several SEBA initiatives. Starting with the launch of the Online MBA, having received official WASC accreditation, beginning in Fall 2021.The expansion of our Executive Education Program continues with new partnerships and certificates starting this summer. Stay tuned for further announcements. SEBA’s Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business has generated additional programming in responsible leadership and management, global sustainability and data privacy. Our undergraduates continue to successfully secure internships and jobs at companies like Salesforce, Chlorox, Federal Reserve Bank, Hewlett Packard, Deloitte, FDIC, KPMG, Lumentum, Northrop Grumman and KPMG. Lastly, we are working towards the development of a new undergraduate program in Data Science.

Most of all it is you, our stakeholders, who have played and continue to play an important role in the progress we are making in the School of Economics and Business Administration. Your feedback and input has played a major role in our successful response to the pandemic and changing higher education landscape.

As we look into the future and the return to in-person interactions and reconnecting withone another in meaningful and impactful ways, excitement is beginning to build. We remain grateful for your unwavering support and commitment to SEBA and Saint Mary’s College.

 

Elizabeth B. Davis, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Economics & Business Administration
Professor of Management & Strategy
Saint Mary’s College of California
ebd1@stmarys-ca.edu