Golden Gate University Selects Paul Fouts as New Dean of Edward S. Ageno School of Business

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Golden Gate University (GGU), the 110-year old private, non-profit University for working professionals that power the Bay Area and beyond, announced today that after an extensive search, the University has selected Paul Fouts as the next Dean of its Edward S. Ageno School of Business. The school, recently ranked in the top 200 of the Social Science Research Networks (SSRN) latest ranking of top 500 U.S. Business Schools, is focused on graduate studies and offers MBAs and several other business-related disciplined degree programs.

"Paul is an experienced, passionate leader who is committed to professional business education and collaborative academic leadership," said GGU's President Dan Angel. "We're confident he'll guide the University through today's new educational landscape, ensuring we are on the leading edge of graduate business education for students studying while maintaining a career."

Fouts has been with GGU since 1995 and has recently served as the Interim Dean for the Ageno School of Business. He’s also served as Associate Dean of the school and as a Professor of Management for more than a decade, where he taught several of the University’s leading strategic business, management, and technology-focused classes. Prior to GGU, Fouts received his PhD in management at the University of Oregon. He began his two-decade long academic career at Sonoma State University in 1991.

While at GGU, he’s participated on several committees and Task Forces and directed programs alongside major corporate partner participants including Chevron, Cisco and Credit Suisse. He’s the recipient of numerous awards including the Moskowitz Prize for outstanding research in socially responsible corporate performance, International Journal of Commerce and Management’s Emerald Literati Best Paper of the Year Award and Golden Gate University’s Outstanding Service Award and Outstanding Scholarship of Teaching Award.

Fouts’ research on competitive strategies, corporate environmental performance, profitability, resource-based perspectives, technology and integrated manufacturing planning and control topics have been published in numerous research journals, including the International Journal of Commerce and Management and Academy of Management Journal. He has also presented on several business-related topics at business and management conferences across the country including the Strategic Management Society Summits and Meetings and the Western Organization and Management Teaching Conferences.

Prior to his academic career, Fouts spent nearly 20 years in business leadership roles focused on marketing, merchandising and product line planning, development and buying at companies including Hewlett-Packard, Buckley & Associates / Marin Mountain Bikes, Jane Klein, Inc., Circa Corporation, and Topps & Trowsers.

In order to find the new Dean, GGU put a special search committee together led by Mary Canning, Dean of the Accounting and Taxation Schools at GGU and recently named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. Other members included John Fyfe, Executive Director, Office of the President; Michael Goldsmith, Jim O'Neil and Rosemary Martin, GGU Board of Trustees; Bob Hite, Vice President of Business Affairs; Marianne Koch, David Kent, Hank Pruden and Blodwen Tarter, Professors, Ageno School of Business; and Terri Shultis, Director, Human Resources.

“We are looking forward to working with Paul as member of the GGU Leadership Team,” added Angel.

About Golden Gate University’s Edward S. Ageno School of Business

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business (ASOB) is focused entirely on graduate education. It offers a Doctor of Business Administration program, a Master of Business Administration program with 11 concentrations, a Master of Public Administration program, and nine Master of Science degree programs in a range of business-related disciplines. The average age of the School's approximately 1,600 active students is 34 years. A majority of the students work full-time and take classes part-time during the evening. 14 percent are full-time students on visa and account for 20 percent of the school's units. A few programs are offered in a weekend-only cohort format. Each year, approximately 600 students graduate from the school.

About Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University (GGU), a private non-profit university, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in Accounting, Law, Taxation, Business and related areas for more than 110 years. GGU enrolls 5,000 students and represents 68,000 alumni. The school's main campus is located in San Francisco with additional teaching sites in Los Angeles and Seattle. For more information, visit


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Golden Gate University (GGU), the 110-year old private, non-profit University announced today the University has selected Paul Fouts as the next Dean of its Edward S. Ageno School of Business.


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