Andrew J. Policano, University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business
Andrew J. Policano is former Dean and Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.
During his nine-year tenure as Dean, the Merage School received over $60 million in pledges, created five new degree programs, broke ground on a new building, and consistently ranked among the top 5-10% of accredited business schools globally. Policano was also the founding Director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, whose flagship LIFEvest program has now helped over three hundred high school students from underserved families achieve financial literacy. Prior to UC Irvine, Policano was Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business, where he led a campaign resulting in an increase in the School’s endowment from $6 million to over $90 million. He also developed a financially self-reliant strategy for the School, part of which included the development and construction of a conference center with no state funding.
Policano is co-author with Gary Fethke of Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities. His second book Climbing the Ivory Tower: Strategies for Academic Leaders in Turbulent Times focuses on the challenging financial environment for higher education and describes potential strategies for university leaders. From Ivory Tower now forms the basis for leadership workshops at several universities including UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UCLA. He is a widely sought after public speaker who has addressed hundreds of groups on topics including the current macroeconomic environment, the challenges facing higher education, financial literacy, strategy and leadership. His commentary on these subjects has appeared in numerous outlets including Business Week, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the LA Times and the Sacramento Bee.
Policano serves on the Board of Directors of Rockwell Collins and is a Trustee for the Payden&Rygel Mutual Funds. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of AACSB International, where he was honored with a Lifetime Service Award. He has also played a key role in the PhD Project, one of the most successful diversity initiatives in higher education and has been inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. He and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.
Tanuja Singh, St. Mary's University, Greehey School of Business
Tanuja Singh is Dean and Professor of Marketing in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. As Dean of the Greehey School of Business, Tanuja leads about 40 faculty and staff. Under her leadership, the School has developed new degree programs and increased enrollment in all programs; completely re-engineered the MBA programs; significantly increased endowment; developed a strong industry advisory board; enhanced student outcomes, placement and internships; and increased the international footprint of the School. She conceptualized and established the Najim Center for Innovation and CSR, created new international alliances with Universities in Germany, South Korea, France, India, and NIBS, and developed new collaborative programs with the University of Bordeaux (France).
Tanuja regularly presents to national audiences including corporate leadership teams on various topics including millennials’ attitudes and behaviors, global strategy, women in leadership, and organizational strategy and leadership. Tanuja is an award-winning educator whose research and consulting areas include analyzing business and consumer trends especially as they relate to digital media, millennials’ attitudes and behaviors, and global and cross-cultural strategy. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings. She is the co-author of a book on electronic media titled Surfing the Rift: An Executive’s Guide to the Post Web 2.0 World.
Tanuja is the past president of the Southwest Business Deans Association and past Chair of Women Administrators in Management Education for AACSB International. She serves as “global facilitator” for AACSB and has served as the team chair and member on several accreditation teams for the AACSB. She received the Leadership Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2017.
She is the primary benefactor and honorary Chairperson for a rural school in India which especially focuses on educating and empowering disadvantaged and low-income women and girls; under her guidance the school has grown in enrollment and outcomes with a more than 90% High School graduation rate. Locally, she serves on the Boards of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and KLRN—the public television station in San Antonio. She previously served on the board of the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.