Dr. Sandra Kauanui is the Chair of the Management Department and Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. She is also the Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Kauanui joined Lutgert College of Business in September 2007. Prior to Dr. Kauanui’s current appointment, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the College of Business at California State Polytechnic University for eight years. When leaving the University in 2007, she was awarded Emeritus status. Before becoming an academic, Dr. Kauanui started and ran her own successful business for twenty years.
Dr. Kauanui is currently serving as Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. She has also served as an office and board member of the International Council for Small Business, a fifty year old organization whose mission is to serve Small and Medium Enterprises worldwide, eventually becoming the second woman to serve as president of the organization. During her presidency, she had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues surrounding Entrepreneurship with numerous researchers, as well as public officials, including several presidents of several countries. Dr. Kauanui is on the board of a number of organizations, including the Small Business Development Center at FGCU.
Dr. Kauanui received her doctorate from The George Washington University and has an MBA from William & Mary University. Dr. Kauanui has over 30 years professional experience in the management field as an entrepreneur, educator, researcher, and consultant for entrepreneurial and non-profit entities. Dr. Kauanui is an active researcher, keynote speaker and workshop presenter and has authored and co-authored over eighty publications in her academic career. She has been an invited guest speaker in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Romania. She has received numerous awards for her contribution to the field of Entrepreneurship, including her acceptance into the Wilford L. White Fellows, which recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution to Entrepreneurship worldwide.