Orfalea College of Business Announces New Area Chairs

Norm Borin and John DobsonThe Orfalea College of Business announced that Professors Norm Borin and John Dobson have been appointed as the new area chairs for marketing and finance, respectively.

Professor Borin will return as the college’s Marketing area chair, a position that he also held from 2002 to 2007. He succeeds Lynn Metcalf, who served as the marketing area chair from 2007 to 2015. Borin joined Cal Poly in 1992 as a marketing professor and specializes in consumer goods, marketing strategy and sustainable business. He has taught at the Copenhagen Business College in Denmark, Seinajoki Polytechnic Business School in Finland, University of the Basque in Spain, and Chiang-Mail University in Thailand. Borin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Fisheries from UC Davis, an MBA from California State University in Sacramento, and a doctorate from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Professor Dobson will be taking over as the chair for the Finance area from Cyrus Ramezani, who held the position from 2006 to 2015. Dobson joined the finance faculty of Cal Poly in 1990, where he has engaged in extensive research on the connections between the theories of financial economics and moral philosophy. More recently, he has expanded his research focus to include ethics theory as well as aesthetics theory. Dobson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Arts in Economics as well as a doctorate in Finance from the University of South Carolina.

As area chairs, Borin and Dobson will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative guidance to ensure that their respective areas are staying in step with university objectives, job market expectations and the latest industry trends.