She has led more than 30 start-ups, championed diversity in academia
San Francisco State University has appointed Linda S. Oubre dean of the College of Business, bringing nearly three decades of success in the start-up world, academia and recruiting to a business school known internationally for its dedication to diversity and social responsibility.
“Linda Oubre has the strong business experience and proven entrepreneurial abilities needed by today’s business schools,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. “She is well positioned to lead the faculty and students in bringing the College of Business to the next level of excellence.”
“I’m really impressed with the College of Business. It has a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ entrepreneurial culture and spirit,” Oubre said. “The faculty is as strong as any I’ve seen and they are very dedicated to teaching their students.”
Oubre will start her new role in July and plans to strengthen the profile of the College of Business by expanding connections with the Bay Area’s dynamic business community, known for leading the fields of technology, new media and hospitality. She also aims to use the College’s unique curriculum to attract potential students.
“The goals of social justice and sustainability are something that you don’t see from a lot of business schools,” she said. “But at SF State, we are living it.”
Oubre comes to SF State from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, where since 2011 she directed corporate relations and business development for the Bay Area and served as chief diversity officer.
Oubre has a long and accomplished history as a business executive and academic leader. She has developed more than 30 business ventures from the ground up, most recently as co-founder of BriteSmile, a system of teeth whitening spas that reached a market capitalization of $150 million in just four years. She led the monetization of LATimes.com and managed acquisitions and startups for the Walt Disney Company, including Discover Magazine and The Disney Stores.
At UC Davis, Oubre increased enrollment in the Bay Area Working Professional MBA program and developed a diversity initiative that led to a dramatic increase in African-American student enrollment in one year.
“SF State really is the business school for San Francisco and the Bay Area,” she said. “It’s a go-to business school, and that’s what I hope to build on.”
Oubre was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in Oakland with her husband Nathaniel, a senior executive at Kaiser Permanente. Her eldest son Nathaniel attends University of Pennsylvania law school and her youngest son Alexander is a junior at Loyola Marymount University.