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Carl Gayden Joins as Senior Assistant Dean for Strategy and Finance

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Bringing a wealth of experience in financial services and business school financial, operations and administrative management, Carl Gayden joined the Graduate School of Management in December as senior assistant dean for strategy and finance.

As a key advisor to the dean and associate deans, Gayden oversees strategic planning, program development, financial planning and forecasting, policy setting, organizational development, risk management and human resource management.

Dean Steven C. Currall praised Gayden’s strong background and the valuable perspective he brings to the senior management team. “Carl’s knowledge and experience with complex business school operations will be an asset to the School as we continue to grow and mature, and face many strategic decisions over the next several years,” Currall said.

Gayden said the buzz and excitement about the School and its strategic vision make this an “unbelievable opportunity.”

“I look forward to supporting the School strategically and help position it for future growth,” he said. “I will assist by enhancing and adding to the infrastructure needed to support this planned growth and opportunity. I also want to develop and implement new tools, metrics and analyses to increase operational efficiencies and guide our strategic direction.”

Before coming to UC Davis, Gayden served as the associate dean for finance and administration at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. At USF since 2007, he was responsible for financial, operations and administrative management and advised the dean on strategic planning and operations.

Gayden spent the majority of his career in financial services in the San Francisco Bay Area, including leadership roles at Washington Mutual Bank, Homecomings Financial and Silicon Valley Bank. Gayden also served as the co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing for Newtrendz Event Planning Corp.

He serves on the board of Groceries for Seniors, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides free food to poor, elderly people in San Francisco. He is also a member of the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Financial Management Association. He holds a B.A. in business administration and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

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