Meet Dean Keane


In January 2020, the University of San Diego appointed Tim Keane PhD, a former Fortune 500 executive and technology entrepreneur, to lead the School of Business. He’s hit the ground running in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent need to shift classes to remote learning for the spring semester.

“As the USD School of Business adapts, our number one objective is to provide shelter in the storm for our students,” he said in his April 2020 newsletter. “We will nurture them and give them hope. That is what we can control. That is our promise for the future.”

USD School of Business Dean Tim Keane

USD School of Business Dean Tim Keane

Keane joined USD at a pivotal time as the University of San Diego School of Business seeks to further its strong connection to the business community through their students, alumni, faculty and six centers of distinction: the Ahlers Center for International Business, the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer, the Supply Chain Management Institute, The Brink Small Business Development Center and the Accountancy Institute.

“Tim’s innovation and collaboration skills connect with forward-thinking business leaders who seek to solve the most vexing issues in society while continuing to achieve financial sustainability,” says USD President James T. Harris. “We are very pleased to welcome him to USD.”

Keane has already accomplished much in a short time. He recently joined the boardof directors at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and is co-chairing the anchor institution initiative. The EDC initiative is working toward a goal of producing “50,000 new quality jobs in small business, by focusing on better connecting regional small and minority firms to large customers.”

“The USD School of Business has distinguished itself as one of the premier business schools in the nation,” Keane says. “That foundation has resonated with the local San Diego business community and paved the way for our students and faculty to partner in developing the region’s plans to excel in the postpandemic economy.”

Thanks to the generous support of USD board chair and former CEO of Clorox, Don Knauss, and his wife Ellie, the USD School of Business is poised to increase its influence in the coming years as it breaks ground on a new 120,000-square-foot state of the art Knauss Center for Business Education.

“The Knauss Center for Business Education complex will be an an innovation and collaboration ecosystem from which our students can grow the perfect combination of business skills, design thinking and emotional intelligence necessary to lead in the new economy,” Keane added. — Renata Ramirez ’16 (MBA)

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