Bellarmine names new dean for the Rubel School of Business

Dr. Natasha Vijay Munshi, Bellarmine
Dr. Natasha Vijay Munshi

LOUISVILLE — Dr. Natasha Vijay Munshi has been named the new dean of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University. Munshi, associate dean of Graduate Business in the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC), will begin her new duties on August 1.

Munshi was chosen following a national search. Dr. Frank Raymond has served as interim dean since August 2019.

“Dr. Munshi distinguished herself in a highly competitive and national pool of candidates through her alignment with Bellarmine University’s mission and vision, and through her vision for the future of the Rubel School of Business. We are excited to welcome Dr. Munshi to our community this summer and look forward to her contributions to the University and our region,” said Dr. Paul Gore, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “We appreciate Dr. Raymond’s willingness to lead the Rubel School through this transition.”

Munshi said it is an honor to take on the dean’s role at the Rubel School. “I look forward to engaging with alumni, the Greater Louisville business community and international partners to enhance the Rubel School of Business’ profile, in the region and beyond.”

As associate dean at SMC, Munshi oversees nine graduate business programs: the Executive Doctorate of Business Administration; Executive MBA; Global EMBA; Professional MBA; EMBA Shanghai; MS in Management; MS in Business Analytics; MS in Accounting; and MS in Finance. She is also a professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and a visiting professor at the University of Lugano in Switzerland.

Munshi brings nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher-scholar in the field of Strategy and Innovation in the UK, Europe, China and USA to Bellarmine, along with significant practical experience as a strategy consultant. At SMC, she has built new degree programs and developed certificate programs for San Francisco Bay Area companies; re-invigorated existing legacy programs, such as the flagship EMBA program; and increased enrollment in graduate business programs.

“I plan to strategically focus the expertise and collective strength of the talented Rubel School faculty and staff to build novel graduate and undergraduate business programs and to support key existing programs at the school,” she said. “By collaborating with other schools on campus, we will launch new cross-disciplinary majors and degree programs and increase the reach and breadth of the Business School’s offerings. Through accessible and affordable programs that also attract new audiences, I aim for greater inclusiveness and diversity in our student population, which would align with the mission and strategic plan of Bellarmine University and define our sense of community and purpose. By developing non-degree and custom certificate programs that support life-long learning, I see us better serving alumni and expanding our regional and international partnership opportunities, which will ensure the continued success and longevity of the Rubel School of Business.”

Munshi holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA in International Business and Management from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology and biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College at the University of Bombay.

The Rubel School is on a positive trajectory. Over the past two years, the school has completed an innovative realignment of its MBA program, launched a monthly series of community workshops and speaker sessions, and created professional advisory boards for each department in the college.