Menlo College Welcomes a New Dean of the School of Business

(Atherton, California: May 11, 2020) – Menlo College is proud to announce that Dr. Mouwafac Sidaoui has been appointed to serve as the new Dean of the School of Business, effective July 6, 2020. The Menlo College Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction earned by only 5% of business schools worldwide. 

Professor Sidaoui has been at the University of San Francisco (USF) for the past eighteen years, where he was the Department Chair of Business Analytics and Information Systems. Professor Sidaoui is a highly regarded teacher and innovator, having co-founded an internationally-offered master’s degree program in entrepreneurial management. In conjunction with the Ministry of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he also designed and led world-class immersion programs to the UAE. He fostered excellence in teaching, research and service at USF. 

Professor Sidaoui brings a record of accomplishments creating other successful degree programs, including a master’s of information systems and an undergraduate business analytics major. He provides clear vision and leadership to advance the business school curriculum. He also has deep knowledge about AACSB and WSCUC accreditation, having founded a number of degree programs accredited by both. Professor Sidaoui has years of experience in global academic consulting in curriculum design, and twenty-five years’ experience consulting in strategic management, product and project development, data analytics, and online solutions.

Menlo College President Steven Weiner said, “I look forward to welcoming Dr. Sidaoui to the Menlo College community. During his interview, he demonstrated all of the characteristics that we were searching for in a new dean: passion for his discipline, commitment to our mission, and an entrepreneurial spirit based on student success. Dr. Sidaoui’s extensive background and experience will help create wonderful new opportunities for our students and faculty – both on campus and in the business community.” 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Grande Lum added that “Professor Sidaoui will play a key role in advancing Menlo College’s vision to redefine undergraduate education to be dynamically adaptive, innovative and relevant so that students can recognize opportunities and apply 21st century skills to make a positive impact on the world. He will be a key player at Menlo College in creating innovative graduate and certificate programs. He has already demonstrated success in igniting student potential and educating students to make contributions in the innovation economy, and he will greatly further our efforts in that regard.” 

Professor Mouwafac Sidaoui received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Wentworth Institute of Technology, his MBA from Boston University, and his Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on higher education and business administration.  He did postdoctoral work at University of Florida with an emphasis on accounting and financial analytics.

About Menlo College: Menlo College is a small private undergraduate college founded in 1927 with a mission to “ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy.” A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Menlo’s diverse student population comes from all over the world to learn the practical arts of business, including leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, and the science of behavior.