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School of Business & Leadership Appoints Interim Dean

By Brett Wilson | July 2, 2013

Dr. Doris Gomez, interim dean of the School of Business & Leadership.

From the moment she first set foot on campus during Preview Weekend, Dr. Doris Gomez '06 (School of Business & Leadership) prayed that she would one day have the opportunity to become a Regent University faculty member.

"I really knew then and there that this is where God was calling me; I said, 'God if you see fit that I should be and work here, I would be absolutely grateful,'" said Gomez. "Then I left it at that—because I never really thought that prayer would ever come to fruition."

Gomez's prayer has certainly come to fruition since she completed her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. On Monday, July 1, Gomez stepped into her newest role as the interim dean of the School of Business & Leadership (SBL).

"We are very glad to have Dr. Gomez at the helm at this time. I have worked closely with her for several months and look forward to working with her in this role," said executive vice president Dr. Bonicelli. "Her fellow deans and I have come to know and value her gifts and talents, but most importantly, we know she loves the Lord Jesus, the University and our students."

Through her career with Regent, Gomez has served in many different functions, ranging from graduate assistant, special projects manager, director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program, to eventually becoming an assistant professor within SBL's master's and doctoral programs. She considers this new role of serving students, faculty and staff as a great privilege and honor.

"It's an incredible opportunity to be a blessing to the community," said Gomez. "I want to encourage others and to prayerfully listen to where God is going to take the school during this critical season of transition."

Originally from Austria, Gomez is no stranger to transitions. Her passion for business began while working with her family's manufacturing and wholesale business in home lighting. According to Gomez, the terms "leadership" and "management" in Austria at the time were uncommon. Throughout her interactions with customers and business colleagues, she was introduced to the "shadow side" of leadership.

"I learned very early on that while you may have a successful product and even a successful business, you can easily destroy all of that with poor leadership," said Gomez.

Austria is a nation famous for its crystals, and Gomez was soon charged with the task of selling chandeliers with the Austrian Trade Commission in New York City which led to her eventual move to the United States. And though she had already obtained her MBA, she realized there was something missing from her former business philosophies.

"Even then, there was a sense in me—without even knowing about Regent at the time—that what the world has to offer is not really the answer for leadership, and not even necessarily the answer for business," said Gomez.

Gomez began her online academic career with Regent in 1998, studying from New York. In 2002, she and her husband relocated to Virginia Beach to be closer to the scholarly community. Here, she attributes learning to lead people and organizations the way that Christ led.

"Leadership needs to be infused with Christ-centered values and a Biblical worldview to truly make a difference in people's lives and in organizations," said Gomez.

Now, Gomez's favorite part of her job is instilling the same values within the scholastic and spiritual lives of her students. She explained that she takes great honor in the knowledge that her students have been simultaneously transformed through their studies and training as well as by their relationship with Christ.

"It's really an encouragement to us, as faculty, to see we are equipping these business and organizational leaders of God's kingdom for whatever capacity He chooses to use them," said Gomez. "It's a joy that makes my work very, very easy."

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