SAN RAFAEL -- Dominican University of California today said Sam Beldona will become the new dean of its School of Business and Leadership on July 31.

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Mr. Beldona has most recently served as associate dean of the Graduate School of Business at Bryant University in Rhode Island, a role he has held since 2011. He also chaired the school's department of management from 2007--2011.

Partnerships across academic disciplines was also a priority for business programs under his leadership, Mr. Beldona said in the announcement.

"What attracted me to Dominican was the compelling vision of the senior management team, as well as the energy and enthusiasm that the faculty and administrators demonstrated for new ideas, cross-disciplinary programs and global connections," he said.

As an instructor, Mr. Beldona's work has focused on undergraduate and graduate-level topics in international business and global finance. He has helped to create programs that expanded Bryant University's global reach, including international study and intercultural programs.

Mr. Beldona helped to launch undergraduate majors in human resource management, entrepreneurship and global supply-chain management at Bryant. At the graduate level, he helped to build connections between regional companies and faculty to develop high-level specialty programs in global supply-chain management, international business and global finance.

Students were required to participate in several hands-on courses each year, including business pitches, service learning, internships and competitions. Those activities were conducted in partnership with the regional business community.

Mr. Beldona was the Larry Jones Fellow of Corporate Governance at Wichita State University from 2001--2007, where he was also the Entrepreneurship Research Associate for the school's Center for Entrepreneurship. He was an associate professor of international business at the International University of Japan from 2000--2001, and was an assistant professor of international business at Rutgers University from 1994--2000.

He received a bachelor of science in physics and an MBA in general management from Karnatak University in Dharwad, India, and a master of science in international business as well as a PhD in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.