Dr. Robert Eyler has been named Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University. The former Sonoma State Economics Department Chair has served as interim Dean for the past year and was selected for the permanent position after a national search.
"In his time as interim Dean, Dr. Eyler has managed resources well while extending opportunities to our students, particularly in the area of summer school and intersession offerings," said Sonoma State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Andrew Rogerson.
Eyler started teaching at Sonoma State in 1995 and has served as Chair of the Economics Department (2004-2011) and director of the Executive MBA program (2009-2013). He holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis and a B.A. in Economics from CSU, Chico.
The author of two books and several academic articles concerning economics, Eyler is often quoted in the media as an expert in local and national economic trends. He also provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy at the local and state level. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Bologna and Stanford University.
Eyler serves on the board of directors of both Redwood Credit Union and Marin County Workforce Investment Board, as well as the Economic Advisory Council for the California Chamber of Commerce.
He is married and has one daughter, Luciana, and is a native of Sonoma County. His family has been sheep and cattle ranchers in Marin and Sonoma counties since 1910.