Philadelphia University Names Monica Lam, Ph.D., Academic Dean of the School of Business Administration

Monica Lam, Ph.D., an experienced higher education educator, researcher and administrator, has been named academic dean of Philadelphia University’s School of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2016.

She is professor of accounting and information systems at California State University at Sacramento, where she has been a member of the faculty and administration since 1994.

Monica Lam, Ph.D.

Monica Lam, Ph.D.

“Dr. Lam will provide unique and additive skills to Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, working with our leadership team and faculty and staff to develop a strong strategic growth plan for the School of Business Administration and Kanbar College,” said Ron Kander,  executive dean of Kanbar College.

At the Sacramento campus, Lam has served as associate dean for graduate and external programs in the College of Business Administration, chair of the college assessment committee and MIS area liason. As associate dean, she played a critical leadership role in many high-profile acheivements,  including the creation of an international MBA in Singapore and on the California campus; launching a master’s program in finance; enhancing executive MBA and M.S. in accountancy programs; earning the #2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report for graduate programs in the state system; managing the AACSB accreditation process; and developing a Business Graduate Career Center.

Prevoiusly, Lam worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has consulted for a wide range of industries. She has vast experience in curricula development and revision, accreditation, assessment, budget management, global education, online education, graduate education and alumni relations. Her academic interests include accounting information systems, project management, neural networks, web applications and data analytics.

“I am excited to join Philadelphia University at this strategic time of expansion and enrichment,” Lam said. “I appreciate this great opportunity and look forward to working with faculty, students and others to build on School of Business Administration achievements and further advance academic programs and research opportunities to the next level.”

Lam earned her Ph.D. in information systems from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. in business computing science with a minor in accounting from Texas A&M University, a B.S. in sociology from Chinese University of Hong Kong and the certification Associate of Accounting Technologist from Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, Canada.

The School of Business Administration is part of the Kanbar College for Design, Engineering and Commerce, which offers an innovative curriculum that is transdisciplinary, collaborative and focused on real-world projects. It includes undergraduate business programs in accounting, fashion merchandising and management, finance, international business and marketing and graduate programs in business administration, taxation, global fashion enterprise and an innovative Strategic Design MBA based on design-thinking principles. The School of Business Administration’s undergraduate programs have earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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