About Us

Message from Dean Linda Oubré

Linda OubréLinda Oubré was appointed Dean of the SF State College of Business in July 2012. She brings a diverse business background having served as an executive leader in several corporate and startup organizations.

Dean Oubré’s vision is to find ways to connect the College’s unique mission of social justice, diversity, and innovation to the global business community. Current initiatives include the College of Business Enterprises or COBE. This initiative is part of an innovative platform to evolve deeper connections between businesses and other organizations with the College of Business. At its core, COBE is developing a pipeline of career-ready leaders for the Bay Area and the world. Synergies powered by COBE expand opportunities for executive education, consulting, ideation and business incubation in SF State’s downtown San Francisco campus.

The “Startup Junkie”

A self-described “start-up junkie,” Oubré has been involved in more than 30 new ventures including co-founding and serving as President and COO of BriteSmile, Inc. Oubré was responsible for the planning, launch and management of the company’s one-hour teeth whitening spas and affiliated dental offices. During her tenure from 1998 to 2002, BriteSmile grew to $50 million in sales and 130 employees.

Prior to BriteSmile, Oubre served as president of Tri Com Ventures where she specialized in new venture planning and start-ups. Her clients included BusinessWeek Online, Prodigy Online and the United Nations Business Development Project.

Before Tri Com Ventures, Oubré was general manager of new business development for the Los Angeles Times, director of operations for Walt Disney Publishing, and manager of planning for both the Times Mirror Company and Walt Disney’s Consumer Products and Retail Division. In these roles, she was responsible for startup planning and managing the implementation of several new ventures including TimesLink, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Disney Press, Hyperion Books, and Disney Computer Software. Oubré also worked as an analyst for Syncom Capital, a venture capital firm with investments in cable and broadcast television.

Lifelong Learning Acumen

Throughout her career, Dean Oubré has embraced business education. She was a visiting instructor in the entrepreneurship program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also was a guest instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Overseas, Oubré taught financial planning and business development at the University of Minsk in the Republic of Belarus.

Dean Oubré received her B.A. in economics,cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980, and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1984.

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Our College

The College of Business at SF State is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature.

Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the SF State Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, prepares leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.

Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at SF State. Approximately 20 percent of the undergraduate students major in business administration. The College confers about 1200 undergraduate degrees and 225 graduate degrees each year.

Our Vision

We aspire to be one of the best public urban business schools by applying sustainability and ethical perspectives to our understanding of business practice, global leadership, innovation, the economy and society.

Our Mission

We are San Francisco’s public business school. We embrace the area’s rich diversity and provide access to higher education. Our mission is to prepare students for professional success through high quality teaching, innovative and relevant courses, discipline-based and pedagogical scholarship, and engagement with the academic and business communities.

The Five Strategic Initiatives of the College of Business

  • Invest in faculty and academic excellence
  • Invest in our students through scholarships and careers
  • Invest in and leverage our brand to sustain competitive advantages
  • Build corporate connections
  • Friend-raising and fundraising


Accredited by AACSB International in 1964, the College of Business seeks to provide high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support. The College of Business at SF State is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). To learn why you should only attend a school with AACSB Accreditation, see AACSB Accreditation | Importance in Choosing a Business School. To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, see AACSB International.

College of Business AACSB Accreditation homepage

Other Recognition

  • Aspen Institute Ranked 16th worldwide by the Aspen Institute’s “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” for our emphasis on integrating social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.
  • Princeton Review Ranked 8th by the Princeton Review in the category, “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.”