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Sanjay Varshney to step down as business dean


Dr. Sanjay Varshney will step down as dean of the College of Business Administration but continue to represent Sacramento State with the region’s business and economic organizations, as well as continue to produce the Sacramento Business Review economic forecast, the University announced Monday.

Sanjay Varshney

He will return to the faculty of the college this fall and, at the request of University President Alexander Gonzalez, will assist with the transition for the college.

Varshney’s 10 years of service as dean resulted in numerous achievements for the College of Business Administration. The Executive MBA program has partnered with leading employers in the region, including Intel, Vision Service Plan, State Street Bank, Sutter Health and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. An international version of the program, the International MBA in Singapore, began in 2012 and is Sacramento State’s first overseas degree program. The Sacramento Business Review is published through a partnership of Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Sacramento. The Review is a leading economic forecast and data resource for business leaders and policy-makers in the region.

“It gives me pause to realize that 10 years have passed since I moved my family to Sacramento to serve as dean,” Varshney said. “As I look back at these past years, I feel very proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. I believe that I leave the CBA in good hands and in good standing, having brought to it and all participants visibility and recognition that is richly deserved.”

Varshney also helped to create the Business Honors Program, which attracts top students and garners support from the community. In 2012, the college received its most recent successful accreditation review by AACSB, the premier accreditation organization for schools of business.

“I appreciate Dr. Varshney’s extensive work to raise the profile of the campus with business leaders in our region and state,” Gonzalez said. “The ultimate beneficiaries of Dr. Varshney’s efforts as dean are our students, as opportunities for networking and jobs are more prevalent than ever.”

Varshney also has worked at the University of San Francisco, and previously served as dean of the Business School at State University of New York in Utica. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting and financial management from Bombay University, a master's degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate in finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He holds the CFA designation.