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Jim Hamerly

Dean, College of Business Administration

As the dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal State San Marcos, Jim Hamerly specializes in undergraduate and graduate-level courses in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. In addition to his administrative oversight, Hamerly also teaches at the college. Prior to joining CSUSM, Hamerly has more than 30 years of business experience, including senior executive positions at major corporations such as Xerox, Netscape, and AOL Time-Warner. 

ALMA MATER: MIT, masters from University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University

AFTER HOURS: Forestry, hiking, growing sequoias, building tree houses.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Palomar Mountain Planning Organization, Vista Chamber of Commerce board and CleanVenture board.

ACCOMPLISHMENT: Successfully introducing culture change at the college without getting fired.

FUN FACT: He has raised the largest grove of sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in southern California.

BUSINESS ADVICE: Cash is king, never run out of cash.