School of Business Administration’s Advisory Board

Geir Ramleth, SBA '87, SVP & CIO at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, has been appointed by President G. Timothy Haight as Chairman of the newly founded School of Business Administration's (SBA) Advisory Board. Other new Board members include Gary Kremen, entrepreneur, inventor, executive, investor, founder of Match.com and Clean Power Finance, and Sharon Selleck and Carolyn Amster '79, professional accountants with Burr Pilger Mayer, a full service accounting and business services firm. The Board plans to have a full membership (12-15) by the end of 2010.

The new Advisory Board will partner closely with the College to support the efforts of the faculty and staff in three strategic areas:

  • Assisting with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process;
  • Enhancing the College's external “life cycle” interface model that includes the teamwork of prospecting and recruitment, admissions, career opportunities, and alumni involvement;
  • Expanding the critical dimensions of student life that enhance the curriculum of the business school, such as bringing in special guest speakers and developing innovative events and internship offerings.

“In addition to the formal and more structured side of the Board,” Ramleth added, “I would also like to promote Knowledge Plus, a program that enhances students' business skill sets to include social business networking.” While a Menlo student, he fondly remembers attending weekly informal speaker's gatherings at lunch time that brought the business community within reach of Menlo students. Expanding the event offerings that bring in the external community for corporate gatherings will spark big dreams and innovative thinking while increasing personal connections in the Silicon Valley and beyond.

The SBA Advisory Board looks to tie in clubs, faculty, classes and most of all, to capture student interest. For example, they are working with the College to revisit the possibility of hosting SBA Day, a highly successful annual event that historically brought community and corporate leaders to campus.