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Mitzi Montoya-announcement

Mitzi Montoya

An Arizona State University administrator with a background in entrepreneurship has been tapped to become the Sara Hart Kimball dean of the Oregon State University College of Business.

Mitzi Montoya, vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation at ASU, will assume her new position on Aug. 31. She succeeds Ilene Kleinsorge, who is retiring after 12 years as head of the college.

Under Kleinsorge’s leadership, enrollment in the College of Business has grown to 3,900 students pursuing business majors, 850 minoring in business or entrepreneurship and 800 design students. The college also has a new home, the $55 million Austin Hall.

At Arizona State, Montoya was responsible for entrepreneurship and collaborative initiatives. She also served as dean of the university’s College of Technology and Innovation and vice provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus.

“She has a background that dovetails nicely with the strengths of OSU’s College of Business — including entrepreneurship and innovation — and she also has the vision and experience to help the college grow in other areas,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU’s provost and executive vice president.

“The college is seeking to expand its graduate programs and work more collaboratively with other units on campus and with private, public and nonprofit organizations.”

Montoya launched the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory in Arizona and led ASU’s global training program for clean energy.

Montoya graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied engineering science and a doctorate in marketing and statistics.

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