About the Dean

Balbir S. Bal, Ph.D.
Dean, Donald R. Tapia School of Business
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Dr. Balbir S. Bal is dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business and a tenured professor of computer science at Saint Leo University. He holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India; a master’s in biochemical engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.; and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Aston, Birmingham, U.K.

Dr. Bal joined the faculty in 1999 after teaching in higher education in England for 22 years. In 2006, he was appointed department chair of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Accounting (now, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems) overseeing the development of information system and security offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009 he was promoted to associate dean, where he led the effort to strengthen the core business curriculum, secure accreditation for business programs, and lay the groundwork for the new flagship program in computer science. In July 2015, he was named dean of the Tapia School of Business.

Dr. Bal has co-authored a textbook in CIS, contributed a chapter in another textbook, published a number of papers and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. A highly respected scholar and educator, his areas of research expertise are information systems, decision modeling, and robot programming.

He and his wife of 40 years, Jaspal, have two children – a son, Andeep, and a daughter, Rubinder – and currently reside in Dade City, Florida.