James R. (Jim) Coakley became the interim dean of the College of Business on August 1, 2019. After nearly three decades as a faculty member in the college, and more than 16 years as an associate dean, Coakley has a deep understanding of both the college and Oregon State University. He is excited and honored to lead the college in its continual stride towards excellence while Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Ed Feser and the university conduct a national search for a new dean.

Coakley graduated from OSU in 1970 with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and the relatively new computer science option. After graduation, Coakley spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, flight instructor, and many administrative positions including two tours in the Pentagon. While in the Air Force, he earned both an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. 

Joining the college in September 1990, Coakley taught courses in information systems and focused his research on artificial neural networks. He was appointed the associate dean for academic programs in 2003 and has led the college through many curricular changes and reforms, always responding to the continually evolving needs of industry. 

Coakley is committed to fulfilling the land-grant mission of the university ensuring every Oregonian has access to earn an AACSB-accredited business degree. The college remains an integral partner – conducting impactful research, providing excellent education, supporting business networks, and contributing to the prosperity of Oregon and the world.