BVU Names New Dean of Business School

BVU Names New Dean of Business School



Buena Vista University has announced that Dr. Ashok Subramanian will be the new dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business.  He will start in the position on June 1.

Subramanian has been chair of the Information Systems Department in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, since 2005.  He started at the university in 1991 as an assistant professor of information systems.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Bombay, India with a major in chemistry.  He received his master’s of business administration degree (1986) and his PhD in management information systems (1992) from the University of Houston.

“Ashok has a range of experience as a faculty member, and in program development and academic leadership, that made his application stand out in a strong field,” says BVU President Fred Moore.  “During his interview he impressed everyone he met with his insight into the current state of undergraduate business education, his readiness to seize the opportunities before the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, and his interest in the students and faculty at BVU.”

During his career, Subramanian has also been an information systems consultant and has corporate experience.   He has authored and co-authored a number of published professional articles and has presented at conferences and seminars.

"My family and I are delighted to join the BVU and Storm Lake community,” says Subramanian. “I am looking forward with great hope and anticipation to making the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business a premier entity and a source of pride for BVU, its supporters and Storm Lake. The journey to the top will no doubt be eventful and a rewarding experience for all concerned. We will be innovative, creative and unafraid to integrate and collaborate with other academic disciplines in developing a world-class business program that will not be ‘business as usual.’”

Subramanian has worked with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association in various capacities as an IT expert in business consulting and development. He has also been a pro-bono consultant to the Missouri State Treasurer’s office; is a board member of Soldan International High School; and a consultant and faculty advisor to the Rockwood School District to help develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum initiatives. 

His wife, Julie, most recently worked as a business analyst at Anheuser Busch and an IT project manager in the digital media industry. She has a bachelor of social work degree from Belmont Abbey College and has worked as a social worker in substance abuse for a service provider for the State of Missouri. They have three children, Alex, a senior in electrical engineering and computer engineering at the University of Missouri at Columbia; Devyn, in third grade; and Ishan in kindergarten.

Outside of work, Subramanian enjoys spending time with family and friends, carpentry, reading, golf, tennis, listening to jazz, and learning about the latest in technology devices and software.