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Faculty profile: Business Professor Seung Bach


Business Professor Seung Bach is a very busy man.

He teaches a full load of classes and directs Sacramento State’s Center for Entrepreneurship, an independent entity under the auspices of the College of Business Administration (CBA).

Seung Bach

Professor Seung Bach

Bach, with Dean Sanjay Varshney’s support, created the center last fall in his spare time and is still raising funds to finance its operation in Folsom Hall.

“This is a new venture incubator service” for students and community members looking to start businesses, Bach says. He also mentors students looking to become entrepreneurs. His success in doing so helps explain why he just won an Outstanding Service Award from the University.

As chair of the CBA’s Strategic Planning Task Force, Bach has been a prime mover in the Business Honors Program that begins in the fall. “This visionary idea of Dean Varshney’s,” Bach notes, will consist of 20 students who will take specialized courses designed to hone their business skills.

Bach’s volunteer efforts include being involved in Sac State’s Graduation Initiative. He’s helping to devise a strategy to persuade potential dropouts to stay in school and get their degrees. “I simply love to be instrumental and resourceful for students,” he says.

His memberships extend to an advisory role with the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA). “This program complements what we are doing at Sacramento State,” he says. The one-year entrepreneurship program encourages students to create business ventures after completing their formal education. “SEA provides the networking and clinical experience,” Bach adds, that has enabled many graduates to start successful businesses.

Bach earned two college degrees in South Korea before earning an MBA from George Washington University. He received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, where he received the Graduate Teaching Award in 2001. In 2002, he came to Sacramento State, where his students have been appreciative of his eagerness to help them succeed.

Dean Varshney values Professor Bach as “a hardworking, perseverant and entrepreneurial model faculty member who allows a Business School to do new things and bring new excitement and energy to its portfolio of operations. I am tremendously impressed by his performance.”

– Alan Miller