towson University College of Business and Economics Dean in Stephesn Hall


Dr. Shohreh Kaynama has led the College of Business and Economics’ strategic, academic, and outreach pursuits for over 17 years. Under her leadership the college has grown to host the largest AACSB-accredited undergraduate business program in Maryland with more than 3,400 students—all while maintaining prestigious AACSB International Accreditation for both its business and accounting programs.

Dr. Kaynama spearheaded a collaborative strategic planning process for the college, which was adopted by the university as a model for other departments. Guided by the strategic plan, Dr. Kaynama has invested in crucial resources for students, faculty, and staff including the T. Rowe Price Finance Lab, which simulates real-time stock trading through Bloomberg boxes and the Behavioral Lab, which features eye-tracking hardware. During her tenure, Dr. Kaynama has also significantly increased database, travel, and summer research grant funding for faculty to drive high-quality applied research along with staff development.

ribbon cutting of the T. Rowe Price Finance Lab
Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the T. Rowe Price Finance Lab.

Dr. Kaynama has installed numerous innovative academic programs to meet student and workforce needs—most recently the M.S. in Marketing Intelligence and Maryland’s first M.S. in Supply Chain Management. At the undergraduate level she ushered in the financial planning and investments tracks, the project management and business analysis program and the business systems and processes major. She also launched the Towson University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kaynama has forged many dynamic partnerships between the college, university, and community. She built the college’s diverse and energetic advisory board, which contributes hundreds of service hours to the college each year. Dr. Kaynama also stays engaged in the local business and nonprofit communities by serving on the boards of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Resource Center, and the Towson University Foundation. She is also a member of the Maryland Council for Economic Education Board of Trustees.

Celebrating student leaders at the annual James L. Dunbar, Jr. Outstanding Graduate and Faculty Recognition Reception

Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Kaynama served as a professor and chair of the marketing department. She has instructed courses on marketing at Towson University for more than 25 years, published in numerous academic journals and presented her scholarship at national and international conferences. Dr. Kaynama holds a Ph.D. in marketing and decision support systems from The George Washington University, an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Baltimore and a B.S. in marketing from Towson University.