La Salle University Names Gary A. Giamartino Dean of the School of Business
Gary A. Giamartino, Ph.D., has assumed the role of Dean of La Salle University’s School of Business. Giamartino comes to La Salle from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he served as Dean of the School of Business and professor of management for 11 years.
“Gary has the requisite integrity, expertise, and vision to lead La Salle’s School of Business and to make a positive impact on the University as a whole,” said Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., La Salle’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “As a teacher, scholar, and administrator, he embodies the educational values and global perspective that are at the core of our Lasallian mission. I strongly believe Gary will be able to build on the School of Business’ strengths, while capitalizing on its distinctive qualities.”
During his tenure at SIUE, Giamartino led a school-wide initiative to develop innovative undergraduate programs and curriculum that emphasized cross-disciplinary skills and co-curricular learning. He also worked extensively with faculty to provide students with critical skills, such as problem solving, written and oral communication, and project management, to help students gain a competitive advantage in the ever-changing workforce.
“Employers are consistently saying that, in addition to functional business knowledge, they are also looking for students who are well-rounded and have great interpersonal skills—those who can work well with others and are able to adapt to situations by acquiring new skills,” said Giamartino.
A scholar in the field of entrepreneurship, Giamartino is particularly interested in international entrepreneurship and its relationship with economic development. A former Kellogg Foundation/Partners of Americas Fellow in International Development, he also received a Malone Fellowship from the Council on U.S.-Arab Relations to tour Saudi Arabia and Bahrain with other U.S. experts on small business and entrepreneurship.
For 20 years, Giamartino has been involved with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international accrediting agency. He has served as a team leader or team member on accreditation visits for schools in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and he has mentored universities seeking accreditation in South America and Europe. Fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide attain AACSB accreditation. (La Salle’s School of Business is AACSB-accredited)
Having traveled and worked throughout the world, he has witnessed the importance of providing business students with a global perspective. As a result, he is committed to further integrating learning opportunities for students to gain more exposure to global business.
Prior to joining SIUE in 2002, Giamartino was Dean of the College of Business and Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy and Dean of the School of Business, Society, and Public Policy at Wilkes University. He also served on the faculties of The College of Charleston (S.C.), The Citadel, and St. Joseph’s University. He also held the position of Director of the Institute for International Trade, Diplomacy, and Development at St. Joseph’s.
He has consulted with corporations in the food, health-care, financial services, printing and electric utilities industries in the areas of management and organizational development.
Giamartino earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He completed the Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., part of the Lasallian education network.
“The Dean’s position was such a fantastic opportunity to return to my Lasallian roots,” said Giamartino. “The Christian Brothers provided me with the most meaningful educational experience I could ever imagine. They taught me not only to love learning, but also how to be disciplined and to have a strong work ethic. I was the first in my family to go to college, and I believe that I owe that, in part, to the Brothers.”