Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA is the Chancellor-elect at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a position she will formally assume in July 2021. Dr. Li will be the first woman of color to lead UNO & the first Asian-American in the history of the NU system to hold an executive leadership role. She also holds the title of Vice President of University of Nebraska System.
Li is the former dean, professor of finance and Ryder Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida International University College of Business (FIU Business), an AACSB- accredited college and the largest business school in the state of Florida. Since arriving at the college in May 2017, Li advanced its commitment to student success, technology, international engagement and workforce development, as well as diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, U.S. News and World Report ranked the FIU Business undergraduate international business program No. 2 in the nation for two consecutive years in its most recent Best Colleges rankings and its International MBA program No. 3 in the nation.
Li is a founding member of Women in Business Education, a global community to champion women in business academia. She also serves on the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Global Network Advisory Board, and was the keynote speaker for its Global 2020 Conference. Li currently serves on the advisory board for two international universities, CENTRUM PUCP, the business school of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and the Lisbon School of Economics and Management. She has been a frequent presenter to organizations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and China Association of Higher Education (CAHE). Li is immediate past president of the Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents (CCADP) and was the first woman to serve on the eight-member board of directors of CLADEA, the Latin American Council of Management Schools.
Li was named to the 2020 class of Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal, as well as the 2020 class of Florida Influencers, helping to set an agenda on critical policy issues of importance to Floridians. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Li also is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Community Tissue Services.
Previously, Li served as dean of the Raj Soin School of Business at the University of Dayton, where she developed programs designed to accelerate the college's role in economic and workforce development. She received a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in finance and a support area in econometrics from Florida State University and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.