Luis Calingo has abruptly stepped down as dean of the Boler School of Business, less than a full year into his tenure as head of the college.
Calingo’s resignation letter cited only family concerns as his reason for leaving. He has accepted a position as dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University in California, according to an April 17 news release from Dominican.
Calingo came to John Carroll University from California State University, Long Beach, where he was dean of the College of Business Administration. Upon being hired by John Carroll, he expressed enthusiasm about moving the business school into a new tier of excellence, with a focus on enhancing the school’s programs and curriculum.
Attempts by The Carroll News to reach Dr. Calingo were unsuccessful.
David La Guardia, Academic Vice President, stated that he hopes an interim dean will be named within the week. Following Calingo’s resignation, La Guardia and President the Rev. Robert Niehoff, met with the business faculty to discuss the school’s situation. The faculty held a separate meeting and passed along proposals to the administration regarding the vacancy.
“The structure is in place for various things the business school is currently working on,” La Guardia said.
La Guardia stated that a major decision the University must make is whether or not to conduct an immediate search for a replacement.
He said, “We will have a search for a new dean. The only issue is when to start that search.” He noted that it would be the third hiring process in four years for a business school dean, as Calingo was appointed after two exhaustive searches.
An alternative would be to name an interim dean and have that person serve for one or two years while managing the immediate needs and challenges confronting the business school. “There are a lot of challenges facing the business school. Those challenges may be better addressed by having an interim serve for one or two years before appointing a permanent replacement,” La Guardia said.
Some of those more pressing needs will be addressed without interruption, according to La Guardia.
He noted that issues relating to assessment and the business school’s continued accreditation process will carry on through committees already working on those matters.