May 13, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 15

New Dean Appointed for College of Business & Economics

Michael Fronmueller Served as Business Dean at University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Michael Fronmueller,(right) a veteran business educator with more than 20 years experience and research interests in strategic management and international business, has been named the new dean of the College of Business and Economics at Cal State Northridge effective July 1. He succeeds Dean William Hosek, who is retiring.

Fronmueller, who is fluent in German and can read French, comes to the university after having served since 1999 as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While there, he helped develop a new business systems and technology major that was selected as a showcase program and was very active in fundraising.

"There is a lot of excitement on campus and in the community, and I am looking forward to being a part of that," said Fronmueller of his move to Northridge. "In the San Fernando Valley as a whole, this is a very exciting time. There are a lot of things happening and the businesses in the area are really making it one of the best places in the world to be."

The business college is the largest of nine colleges at the university with about 6,200 students. It includes the departments of accounting and information systems; business law; economics; finance, real estate and insurance; management; marketing, and systems and operations management. The college also hosts more than a half dozen centers, including one on the San Fernando Valley economy.

"Dr. Fronmueller's extensive research interests in such subjects as strategic management, marketing and international business, as well as his experience as a teacher and administrator, make him a wonderful choice as dean of our College of Business and Economics," said Provost Louanne Kennedy in announcing the appointment.

Fronmueller was a management faculty member at Boise State University from 1990 to 1999, including the last three years as department chair. He also taught at Washington State University at Pullman and Eastern Washington University. He received his undergraduate degree in Germany, his M.B.A. at Eastern Washington and his doctorate from Washington State.

Fronmueller said one of the first things he plans to do after arriving on the Northridge campus is listen. "I plan to do a lot of listening, to people both on and off campus, to learn about the community and the campus," he said.

"I am very supportive of the notion that we have to have partnerships with the community and that we need to work with the community. I want to know what their needs are," Fronmueller said.

While at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Fronmueller launched projects to develop an executive MBA program with a focus on the healthcare industry and a consortium-based online M.B.A. program in collaboration with other campuses in the University of Louisiana system.

He also helped raise $3.4 million to fund 14 professorships and two endowed chairs in entrepreneurship and e-business. While at Boise State, Fronmueller served as chair of the Management Department, which was the first at the university to offer courses via the Internet.

Fronmueller is married and has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

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