Mitzi Montoya

Dean, College of Business
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Dean, College of Business

Mitzi M. Montoya became the Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University in August 2015. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership of the college, which is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship and serves more than 5,800 students, including 3,900 business majors and pre-majors, nearly 850 business and entrepreneurship minors, 250 graduate students and more than 800 design students.

Prior to Oregon State, Dr. Montoya served as Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University, was a Professor in the Management Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and served on the board of the W.P. Carey Center for Entrepreneurship. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University, and is a former American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Dr. Montoya was responsible for advancing entrepreneurship at ASU, including supporting student and faculty entrepreneurs, enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and advancing innovative collaborative initiatives across ASU. Previously at ASU, Dr. Montoya served as Dean of the College of Technology & Innovation and Vice Provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus. In that role she led the development of a college-wide experiential learning model that embedded real-world projects across the curriculum in partnership with industry and the community.

During her time at ASU, Dr. Montoya positioned the university as a national leader in the growing maker movement and developed public-private partnerships to advance a regional innovation system, including development of a public, open prototyping facility that united the community, local companies and the university; she also established the Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory, a statewide platform for collaboration across the aerospace and defense supply chain and research institutions, and she led ASU’s USAID-sponsored global training program for clean energy.

Dr. Montoya also spent 15 years at North Carolina State University, where she held the Zelnak Chair in Marketing & Innovation in the Poole College of Management. At NC State, she founded and led the Innovation Lab, a collaborative research and education initiative involving the management, design, engineering and textiles colleges in partnership with corporate sponsors.

Throughout her career, her research has focused on innovation processes and strategies and the role of technology as an enabler of distributed team decision-making. With a focus on the dynamics and performance of globally distributed work teams, her research has appeared in Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Decision Sciences, MIS Quarterly and the Journal of Product Innovation Management, among others. She has been the recipient of competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Education, USAID, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Society of Information Management, the Product Development and Management Association and corporate foundations. She has taught undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses on innovation and marketing strategy in the US, England, Brazil, Italy, Egypt, Kuwait, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Panama and Argentina.

Dr. Montoya serves on the board of several startup ventures and has advised many organizations on topics related to innovation and marketing strategy. Her consulting experience includes work with organizations such as the Center for Creative Leadership, EDUCAUSE, Xerox, Dow Chemical Company, IBM, MeadWestvaco, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Raytheon, Martin Marietta Materials, DaimlerChrysler, Cotton Incorporated and Koch/INVISTA, among others.

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