The Western CUNA Management School has promoted Michael Steinberger to the position of dean after serving for five years as associate dean.
James Likens will continue in his position as president while giving up the title of dean and they both will continue to direct the school’s operation, the organization said.
Steinberger is an economics professor at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and became associate dean of WCMS in 2006, a year after earning his doctorate in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A University of California-Berkeley graduate, Steinberger first joined his parents’ Schools First Federal Credit Union in Orange County, Calif., at age 13, and today serves on the Supervisory Committee for First City Credit Union in Los Angeles.
“This much-deserved change in Michael’s status reflects the reality of his growth and assumption of increasing responsibility,” said Likens. “WCMS is most fortunate to have Michael; his skills and commitment have enhanced the effectiveness of this school.”
Steinberger currently is leading the organization of a celebration of the 50th graduating class from WCMS. A special alumni program is planned for July 20-21 at the end of the current session.
“It is a great honor to be a part of Western CUNA Management School,” he said. “I have seen first-hand how the school has helped change the lives of its students and alumni. My involvement with WCMS is some of the most significant work I have ever done. I very much appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the school’s success.”
WCMS is sponsored by the leagues of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming in cooperation with Pomona College.