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August 9, 2011 > Special Life Events: Terri Swartz

Special Life Events: Terri Swartz

Chair of Hayward Chamber of Commerce

Submitted By Hayward Chamber of Commerce

The new chair of the board of directors for the Hayward Chamber of Commerce is Terri Swartz, dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). Swartz will chair the chamber's 20-member board of directors, which provides direction for the more than 600 Hayward business and organization members, during fiscal year 2011-12.

"I look forward to an exciting year of growth for both the chamber and the city, working with the leading advocate for economic development and growth in Hayward," Swartz said. "With a 70-year tradition of excellence, the chamber is uniquely positioned to promote and advance Hayward through our many community events, committees and affiliate groups, government advocacy and business development activities."

Swartz said that three of the initiatives on which she will focus during her term will be: chamber growth and stability; economic development and growth in Hayward; and improvement in the Hayward Unified School District.

"These three areas are intertwined," she said. "We, as a chamber, and as a city, cannot move forward in a sustainable way without progress in all three areas."

After a national search, Swartz was named dean of the College of Business and Economics at CSUEB in December 2007 after joining the college in July of that year as its interim dean. Previously, she was on the faculty at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and, before that, at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to joining CSUEB she served in a variety of leadership positions including director of research for what is now the Center for Service Leadership at Arizona State University. She also served as director of undergraduate programs, marketing area coordinator, associate dean and dean at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

The CSUEB College of Business and Economics, accredited by AACSB International since 1973, has been selected consistently as one of the best business schools in the United States by the Princeton Review. Most recently, its BSBA online degree completion program was singled out as the top in California, and sixth in the country by The Best Colleges, a Texas-based Web service which reviews publicly available data to produce independent rankings. Under Swartz's leadership the college also has developed a one-year intensive MBA program, as well as an MBA for global innovators.

Swartz received her bachelor's degree in secondary education and her MBA from Clarion University, and her doctorate in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from The Ohio State University.

For more information about the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, visit For more about the Cal State University, East Bay College of Business and Economics, visit

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