The second largest business college in the United States welcomes a new dean as Sridhar Sundaram took the helm of the CSUF College of Business and Economics on July 15. Sundaram’s new role comes as Morteza Rahmatian, the college’s dean for half a decade, returns to the classroom to teach economics.

“That’s a passion of mine – the opportunity to serve underserved populations,” says Sundaram, who was impressed by the diversity, size, academic standing and community impact of the college when he applied for the role. “Plus, I always enjoy taking on new challenges and experiences because I learn a lot from them.”

His career in higher education spans more than 30 years, and before coming to CSUF, Sundaram served as the Tiedemann-Cotton Dean of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance and campus dean for the Muma College of Business, both at the University of South Florida. He was also active in the South Florida business community and served on nonprofit boards.

Sundaram’s teaching and research focus on finance, and his most recent research examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority-owned microbusinesses, including assessing related government policies and their impact.

Read more about Sundaram and his background in this CSUF News article.