Saint Martin's appoints new business dean

June 7, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University announced today that Richard Beer, Ph.D., will be the new dean of the School of Business. Dr. Beer has over twenty years of experience in academia, business, and information technology—the last ten years as a faculty member and senior administrator in business and professional studies. He succeeds Haldon Wilson, who served as dean for four years.

“Dr. Beer will be a great addition to the Saint Martin’s community and we look forward to his arrival. His extensive background in business and academia will greatly enhance our already strong business programs,” said University President Roy Heynderickx.

Dr. Beer comes directly from the University of San Francisco (USF) where he has worked in a variety of capacities and responsibilities in different academic units. He was a member of the faculty, the associate dean for academic affairs in USF’s College of Professional Studies, which served adult professional students, and most recently associate dean in USF’s School of Business, overseeing traditional and non-traditional undergraduate programs with an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students. His responsibilities as associate dean also included leadership in WASC and AACSB accreditation, as well as working closely with USF’s four regional campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area in support of outreach and recruitment events for students and local business connections.

Prior to USF, Dr. Beer served as the Executive Director of the Fisher Center for Information Technology at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He has taught within numerous graduate programs in the U.S. and internationally, including at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering, an M.A. in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in computer science.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University