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Rowena Ortiz-Walters, PhD

Rowena Ortiz-Walters, PhD

Dean School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh


I am the 9th Hispanic-American Dean of a US business school. There is room for so many more Hispanic-American leaders in the field of higher education. Please join me!  In my role as Dean of SUNY Plattsburgh's School of Business and Economics, I support the achievement of educational excellence through my leadership approach, philosophy and values, which include:
- Compassionately engaging others
- Inclusive conversations
- Investing in the leadership development of others and
- Reframing challenges to make opportunities seem possible.
On a personal note, my mission is to support women’s educational and economic empowerment. Toward this aim, I co-founded and served as co-director of the Center for Women & Business whose mission it is to develop female leaders, engage key decision-makers in formulating policies that support women’s careers, and help corporations leverage the full talent of their female workforce.
Through my scholarship as a researcher and speaking engagements, I contribute to the national conversation on the status of women’s careers. Additional research expertise and interests include entrepreneurship, creativity, issues of diversity and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Sample outlets where my research appears:
-Journal of Organizational Behavior
-Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
-Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education
-Business Journal of Hispanic Research
-Journal of College Teaching and Learning
Speaking engagements include:
-Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
-Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
-Chamber of Commerce
-Prominent Universities throughout Connecticut
-Academy of Management