UCI Paul Merage School of Business Dean Elected to AACSB Board of Directors

By The UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Irvine, CA - (July 29, 2022) -

Ian O. Williamson, Ph.D., dean of The UCI Paul Merage School of Business, was recently elected to serve as a member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Board of Directors. Dean Williamson is one of eight prominent leaders from business education and industry who were newly appointed to AACSB board of directors for fiscal year (FY) 2022-23, including members in locations ranging from North Carolina, Hawaii, Malaysia and Denmark.

AACSB International, a global nonprofit association, connects educators, students and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence and learning and development services to over 1,850 member organizations and more than 950 accredited business schools worldwide.

AACSB’s board comprises leaders from both academia and business who serve as stewards to advance quality business education and enrich an ever-changing workforce. Working within the context of policy governance principles, AACSB's board of directors determines its own philosophy, accountability and operations, with a focus on vision, values and strategic leadership. Board members serve as stewards for AACSB out of an earnest desire to advance quality business education and support global leaders.

“AACSB’s board of directors play an invaluable role in leading the future of business education and helping business be a force for good,” said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, president and CEO of AACSB. “Their knowledge, diversity and business acumen allow us to be the best connector and convener of business schools and the business community, and we are grateful for their expertise.”

"I am honored to represent the University of California, Irvine and the Paul Merage School of Business on AACSB's board of directors. I look forward to this opportunity to help increase access to a world-class education while strengthening the School's ties with colleagues at AACSB and in business schools across the world," said Williamson.

A talented and long-time member of the business education community, Williamson was appointed dean of the Merage School on January 1, 2021. Prior to joining the Merage School, he served as pro vice-chancellor and dean of commerce at the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a globally recognized expert in the area of human resource management with research that examines the impact of “talent pipelines” on organizational and community outcomes. Williamson has assisted executives in over 20 countries across six continents enhance firm operational and financial outcomes, improve talent recruitment and retention, enhance firm innovation and understand the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

"I am especially excited to serve on the Board at this critical time, as AACSB stands as a leader in modeling inclusive communities of work and learning, and to advocate for all individuals' full participation and belonging within business education, business and society." said Williamson.

Dean Williamson’s AACSB Board of Directors appointment is a 3-year position, effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.

About The Paul Merage School of Business

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business offers three dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that prepare business leaders for our digitally driven world. Through our programs, students acquire the exceptional ability to grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, digital information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to rank consistently among the top five percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available at