York’s School Of Business and Information Systems Hires Dean

The exhaustive search for a permanent dean has concluded and Dr. Alfred Ngome Ntoko is now Dean designate of the School of Business and Information Systems (SBIS) at York College.

Dr. Ntoko was most recently Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Kean University, in Union, New Jersey, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Financial Management, Global Investments Analysis Derivatives, Multinational Financial Management, Managerial Economics and Statistics.

At his three previous institutions, Dr. Ntoko has raised a combined figure of almost two million dollars in support of student scholarships, faculty development and other projects.

Ntoko, who will succeed Dr. Harry Rosen – who will return to his home institution at Baruch College following his two-year tenure as Acting Dean at SBIS – has had a long and impressive career in academia.

In addition to his tenure at Kean University, Ntoko has also been Dean of the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texas, and chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Law at the School of Business (among other titles), State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego.

While at Kean, Ntoko has also developed partnerships between his university and three institutions in China for their students to complete the B.S. degree at Kean University. He also travelled to Gambia in 2000 on a Canadian grant to work on curriculum development for the new University of Gambia.

At Oswego, he developed, along with a colleague, the Oswego/Budapest Finance Program in partnership with IBS Budapest, to offer the Oswego finance curriculum to students at International Business School (IBS) in Budapest, Hungary. Under terms of the program, students would use the Oswego program at their home campus for three years then spend a year at the Oswego campus and obtain the Oswego degree.

For the immediate future, however, Dr. Ntoko sees a partnership between York and the local community as an important place to start.
“It is important that we develop a footprint in the community as it regards to economic development,” he says. “The community needs to know that the college has an inventory of skills to build partnerships with local enterprises.”

But although Ntoko’s will launch his York tenure locally this summer, his overall curriculum vision is set on thinking globally.

“It is important that the curriculum be congruent with global needs,” he says. “They (students upon graduation) will be competing globally, not locally. We have to make sure that they’ll have the wherewithal to compete globally. The President and the Provost have high expectations of the School.”

Ntoko concedes that “there is work to be done” to make the School of Business and Information Systems competitive and the Provost sees the Ntoko selection as one of promise.

“Dr. Alfred Ntoko brings a wealth of prior decanal experience and a track record of programmatic and fund-and friend-raising accomplishments that stand to make him an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” said Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Moreover, he has the scholarly credibility and disposition to facilitate enhancement of the scholarly productivity in the School. Thus, I look forward to Dr. Ntoko being an exemplary change leader and an entrepreneurial mover and shaker as the School of Business and Information Systems and the college as a whole move to the next level.”

The Provost added his thanks to Dean Rosen. “I want to acknowledge the service of Interim Dean Harry Rosen,” he said. “[He] joined us at a challenging time as we reorganized into Schools, with a view to enhancing academic and service excellence for our students and faculty.”

Born in Victoria (now known as Limbe), Cameroon, Dr. Ntoko earned his bachelors degree in Management Science and Economics at SUNY Geneseo; and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at SUNY Binghamton

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