CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tim Carroll, who prioritized superior, student-centered learning as dean of the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, will become Sara Hart Kimball Dean of Oregon State University’s College of Business effective July 30.

Carroll has served as a dean and a professor of management at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, since 2018. At Pacific, he led the development of a new college strategic plan, increased student retention and enrollment, launched programs to meet the needs of students and employers, created events to enhance communication between the college and students, and expanded fundraising.

“We are pleased to welcome Tim Carroll to Oregon State University,” said Edward Feser, the university’s provost and executive vice president. “He has the background, experience, and record of accomplishment to continue advancing the college’s priorities in scholarship, teaching, and collaboration with industry and other partners. Signatures of our College of Business are the outstanding learning experience it offers undergraduate and graduate students and its focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Tim’s commitment to shared governance will serve him well as he works with the faculty to continue developing those strengths as well as others."

Prior to joining the University of the Pacific, Carroll served as associate dean of executive development at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

“I am excited to join the Oregon State University community and to contribute to its continued success and the success of the College of Business,” said Carroll. “OSU’s focus on creating a culture that promotes belonging, collaboration and innovation makes this university a special place. The faculty and staff in the College of Business have developed academic programs and student support that set the bar for business education. I look forward to working with them, as well as our students, colleagues across the university, alumni, donor\s and corporate partners to have an even greater impact in the future.”

At South Carolina, Carroll served as president of Corporate Solutions LLC, a private arm of the business school that fosters corporate partnerships to address employer talent needs and promotes student experiential learning projects. Additionally, he led the school’s nationally ranked professional MBA program, leveraging technology and a blended learning approach to deliver classes across seven sites in two states.   

Before working at South Carolina, Carroll was a member of the faculty at Georgia Tech, where he developed innovative academic courses and cultivated external partnerships.

Carroll’s scholarly expertise focuses on competitive strategy and organization. He has consulted and delivered executive development programs to companies in the aerospace, apparel, banking, computer, construction, energy, engineering services, media, mining, petroleum, pharmaceutical, railroad, restaurant and telecommunication industries, as well as several government agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in management from Duke University.

He has also served on many community, non-profit and business development advisory or board roles.

Carroll replaces Jim Coakley, who has served as interim dean of the OSU College of Business since summer 2019. Coakley is also senior associate dean for analytics and operations in the college. He will continue in that role.

The College of Business, founded in 1908, is the third most popular college at Oregon State, with nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The college has more than 60 tenured or tenure-track faculty.

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About the OSU College of Business: The College of Business educates students for success in managing and developing sustainable, innovative enterprises in a dynamic economy. With strong graduate and undergraduate programs, internationally recognized scholarly research, and an emphasis on experiential learning, the college helps students and businesses succeed.

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