Dr. Jacob M. Chacko, dean of the Clayton State University School of Business since Jan. 1, 2008, is leaving Clayton State in March 2010 to assume the position of dean of Business at the Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates.
Chacko came to the Clayton State School of Business as associate dean in 1999, and succeeded Dean Ernest “Bud” Miller upon the latter’s retirement when he shifted back to the business world at the conclusion of 2007.
Chacko joined Clayton State from the University of North Dakota (UND) College of Business and Public Administration, where he served as the associate dean. Prior to that appointment he served as chair of the marketing department at UND and as a tenured associate professor. He has also served as international programs coordinator for the United States International University in San Diego.
Chacko’s tenure as dean saw the Clayton State School Business continue to build on its elite status of holding accreditation by Associationto Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. That accreditation, coming in April 2006, followed almost six years of intensive effort by Miller, Chacko and the University’s entire Business faculty. According to Tampa, Fl., based AACSB, less than a third of all schools of business nationwide have AACSB accreditation. And, as an international organization, AACSB accredits less than 15 percent of schools of business worldwide. Part of Chacko’s mandate at Abu Dhabi will be to obtain AACSB accreditation, notes Clayton State Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Micheal Crafton.“(He has been) consistently visionary about the School of Business and about Clayton State University. In short, Dean Chacko will be seriously missed,” says Crafton. “However, I am happy for the honor of his being selected to lead Abu Dhabi to accreditation by AACSB.”
“It has been my honor to have worked with Dean Chacko. He has brought to Clayton State University an incredible passion for learning — his own, and that of his colleagues and his students. He is entrepreneurial in the best sense of that term — seeking and finding possibilities based on an assessment of his environment, and then vigorously finding ways to implement actions based on that assessment,” says Clayton State Interim President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr. “And while we will certainly move forward toward a new generation of leadership in the School of Business, we have all benefited from Dean Chacko’s work while he was here.”
Chacko’s tenure as associate dean was marked by a high level of responsibility and accomplishments. In addition to leading the AACSB pre-candidacy and candidacy processes, he also led the development of the proposal for the now-thriving MBA program, which currently features cohorts based in Morrow, Peachtree City and Conyers. Among his other duties were developing and maintaining an HR plan for faculty and staff, leading and evaluating the faculty and staff, facilitating the hiring and retention of full-time and part-time faculty, developing and maintaining the school’s budget, developing course schedules, deploying faculty resources and administering RFPs for internal grants and faculty performance awards.
During his time as dean, Chacko’s most visible successes were in overseeing the expansion of the MBA program to Rockdale County, increasing interest in the Supply Chain Management program (from NCR, among others) and the opening of the new School of Business building in October 2008. However, there been much more that, in Chacko’s words, “we have been able to accomplish over the last two years.”
These accomplishments include; integrating the Small Business Development Center into the School of Business, integrating the University’s Healthcare Management Program into the School of Business, establishing the James Wood Speakers Series, bringing the BBA program to the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, and instituting career advisement within the School of Business. Finally, just this week, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a new aspect to the Supply Chain Management program – a BBA in Supply Chain Management.
Chacko holds a Doctor of Business Administration in International Business and Marketing from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management in San Diego. His MBA (in International Business) and BBA (in Management) degrees are both from United States International University in Nairobi. He has also attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar to Singapore and Malaysia, both during the summer of 2006.
A resident of Atlanta, Chacko’s community involvement has included service as a board member of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Clarkston, Ga., and being a member of the Business and Information Technology Advisory Board for Riverdale High School.