Dean of Cameron School of Business brings unique life experiences to leadership role
The new dean of the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business took an unexpected path to leading the esteemed school. Originally from South India, Dr. Beena George spent time as a stay-at-home mom before rising through the academic ranks to become the fourth dean of the school and the first woman to hold the post. She also brings firsthand knowledge to conversations about her specialties of outsourcing and marketing to the underprivileged customer.
George has taught at St. Thomas for 10 years. As the associate dean of the Cameron School, she contributed to the school’s elite accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than five percent of schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.
George is the oldest of five daughters, born into a Catholic family in India that stressed the importance of education. Her father is an engineer; her mother has graduate degrees in sociology and social work. And, like George, her sisters have all gone on to earn advanced degrees — in the fields of psychology, engineering, economics and literature.