University of Central Oklahoma students, faculty and staff at the College of Business will return to new leadership when classes begin for the fall semester Aug. 20. Monica Lam, Ph.D., was named the new dean for the college, effective July 1.

Lam brings more than a decade of experience in administration as a chair and associate dean in the College of Business Administration at California State University in Sacramento and most recently as dean of the School of Business Administration at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Shehas been a key contributor to business accreditation successes of both universities.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lam to Central. She is known for her forthright and transparent manner, with a unique ability to move forward initiatives that support both her college and the university as a whole. We look forward to her leadership on our campus,” said John Barthell, Ph.D., Central’s provost.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in sociology, with a minor in personnel management, Lam completed a master’s degree from Texas A&M University in business computing science, with a minor in accounting. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in management information systems, with a minor in computer science. She currently is scheduled to receive a master of divinity degree in May from Western Seminary in Sacramento, California.

Lam remains active in her research and has published more than 30 articles and two books in her discipline. She is qualified as a scholarly academic by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards.

“I am very honored to be appointed as the next business dean at UCO. UCO is a great institution, which I admire and respect a lot. I am energized by all of our stakeholders and the leadership. The deanship is a great privilege, as well as a responsibility,” Lam said.

“I look forward to working with all to advance the college and the university.”