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Dr. Lisa D. Ordóñez

Dean of UC San Diego's Rady School of Management

Dr. Lisa D. Ordóñez was appointed Dean of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management in September 2019. As the school’s second dean, she is transitioning Rady from a start-up to focus on growth. She has helped secure nearly $20M in funding for Rady Centers of Excellence, further cementing the school’s global business research prominence and impact as an innovation-focused economic engine within the San Diego business community and beyond.

Early in Dr. Ordóñez’s appointment, she guided the Rady School through an unprecedented pandemic, with Rady emerging stronger than ever with the highest enrollments in school history. She completed a five-year strategic plan, has grown the school’s world-renowned faculty, and expanded the diversity of representation across all academic areas.

Dr. Ordóñez was named 2022 Business Woman of the Year by San Diego Business Journal and is a recognized expert in the field of ethical behavior in organizations. She has published several scholarly articles and chapters in the fields of decision making and behavioral ethics and received a National Science Foundation grant to support her work on ethical decision making. Dr. Ordóñez’s research has been cited in numerous media outlets, including Money Magazine, The New York Times, The Economist, CNN, Forbes, and on “NPR Marketplace.”

Dr. Ordóñez serves on the organizing committee for the Aspiring Leaders Seminar held each July for tenured PhD Project faculty. She serves on the Boards of Trustees for AACSB International, California Western School of Law, and Corporate Directors Forum. She presents regularly to business and educational organizations and student groups on EDI, Leadership and goal-setting topics. She has presented at or served on panels for such events as the Montgomery Summit, Graduate Business Curriculum Roundtable, Aspiring Leaders Seminar, and the PhD Project and Tenure Project annual conferences.

Dr. Ordóñez previously served for 25 years at the University of Arizona as a research faculty member and later as Vice Dean of Eller College of Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology, a Master's in Marketing, and a Bachelor's degree all from the University of California, Berkeley.

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