Dr. Linda Oubre has served as Dean of the College of Business (COB) at San Francisco State since July 2012. As Dean, Dr. Oubre leads more than 150 faculty and staff in serving more than 6,000 students.
Dr. Oubre’s vision for the COB is to develop new sources of revenue to invest in the mission of serving students. Under her leadership, the college has engaged more with external partners and donors in growing fundraising almost 300%, launched the industry funded COB Career Development Center, and developed successful non-degree executive education programs, conferences, and symposium. Thanks to the collaborative work of the faculty in the college, the COB recently launched a highly successful “new and improved” MBA for executives, a Biotech MBA, and recently received Academic Senate approval for an MS in Business Analytics program. The COB also saw the largest improvements in graduation rates on campus last year.
Linda came to San Francisco State after serving as Executive Director for Corporate Relations and Business Development and Chief Diversity Officer for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management where she also served as Executive in Residence.
A self-described “serial entrepreneur” and former corporate executive, Linda has launched more than 20 new ventures including having served as President and Chief Operating Officer for BriteSmile, a company she co-founded and subsequently took public on NASDAQ. In this role, she started the company from scratch including building and leading all corporate finance, technology, marketing, human resources, and training activities. Before BriteSmile, Linda spent more than a decade in corporate leadership roles including as General Manager, New Business Development for the Los Angeles Times; Director of Operations for Walt Disney Publishing; Manager, Finance and Planning for Walt Disney Consumer Products; and Financial Planning Manager for the Times Mirror Company (former Fortune 100 parent company of the Los Angeles Times).
A first-generation college attendee, Linda is passionate about student success and providing access and opportunity to higher education. She attended a public high school in Los Angeles before receiving her BA in Economics, cum laude, from UCLA. She graduated with her MBA in General Management and Finance from the Harvard Business School, where she was a Finance tutor, Education Officer for the African-American Student Union, and Assistant Director of MBA Admissions.
Fulfilling a life long dream, Linda received her doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Her research interests focus on the need for entrepreneurial thinking and new revenue diversification in higher education. Her dissertation entitled Seeing What Sticks! Revenue Diversification and New Venturing in the Business Schools of the California State University, was published by the University of Pennsylvania last fall.