Asghar Sabbaghi
Asghar Sabbaghi is the new dean of Roosevelt's Heller College of Business

Asghar Sabbaghi has been appointed dean of Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business, effective July 1.

Sabbaghi of Munster, Indiana, most recently has served as dean of the Graham School of Management (GSM) at St. Xavier University in Chicago since July 2014. Previously, he was a member of the leadership team of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend for 18 years.

 “I am impressed by the strong commitment of Roosevelt’s leadership to excellence in higher education and I am excited about the enormous opportunity for growth and excellence in management education at the Heller College of Business,” Sabbaghi said.

As GSM dean, Sabbaghi spearheaded strategic initiatives in academic programming/excellence, community partnerships, enrollment management and faculty/staff development.

Sabbaghi also created a highly successful chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at GSM and helped the School to prepare for re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He also has built numerous partnerships with the business community in metropolitan Chicago, and has established a strong, vibrant connection between the University alumni and current students. 

“Roosevelt’s students will particularly benefit from Dr. Sabbaghi’s remarkable successes in enhancing both the academic and professional development of students through his well-developed connections with the business community of Chicago,” said Lois Becker, Roosevelt’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

In working with faculty, Sabbaghi created a Center for Experiential Education (CEE) that has integrated internships, field projects, and service learning activities into the business curriculum. The Center has developed partnerships with the Chicago business community and cultivated internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in various areas of business such as The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more.

In addition to a demonstrated record as an effective academic leader, Sabbaghi is also an accomplished and prolific scholar. His areas of expertise include the study of the economics of water resource management, green information technology and sustainability, and supply chain intelligence.

He is the co-author of the book Economics of Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization, which was recently translated into Chinese, as well as the author or co-author of numerous scholarly articles published in journals such as Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce, International Business and Economics Research Journal, Issues in Information Systems, and the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation.

Sabbaghi holds a PhD in economics from Indiana University Bloomington. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees — both in economics and statistics — from Tehran University in Iran. Additionally, he holds post-doctoral certificates from the Management Development Program at Harvard University, the Advanced MIS Faculty Development Institute at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, and the MIS Faculty Development Institute at the University of Minnesota.

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