Loyola University Maryland

Business Leader of the Year

The Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management

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The Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management provides business education guided by the Jesuit philosophy that true education informs students’ minds, bodies, and spirits and positions a person to serve the greater community. The Sellinger School’s undergraduate and graduate business programs strive to combine knowledge, personal development, and a diverse professional skill set with a commitment to ethical leadership.

Loyola University Maryland first offered courses in accounting and business administration at the undergraduate level in 1937. The Master of Business Administration was first offered in 1967. Loyola introduced the Executive MBA program in 1973, the first of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area. In 1984, the business school was formally named the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management in honor of the late Fr. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. While Loyola was a small liberal arts college at the time of the business school’s launch, Fr. Sellinger assured concerned stakeholders that establishing a business school was a positive move.

“Business will not change Loyola, Loyola will change business,” said Sellinger.

In 1988, Loyola University Maryland earned accreditation by AACSB, and it remains the only private institution in the state of Maryland with a nationally accredited business school. The growth of the Sellinger School’s programs led Loyola to dramatically improve and expand its facilities. In January 2000, the School moved into its own dedicated building, a modern, 50,000-square-foot structure with state-of-the-art technology. The School also established graduate campuses in Timonium, Md., and Columbia, Md., to better meet the needs of the full-time professionals in its graduate business programs.

In recent years, the Sellinger School welcomed its first female dean, Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D. Under Leggio’s leadership, the Sellinger School has been ranked nationally by BusinessWeek, U.S.News & World Report, and Princeton Review and internationally by Financial Times. The School, offering undergraduate degrees in business administration and accounting, and four graduate programs—including the Executive MBA, MBA Fellows, Professional MBA, and Master of Science in Finance—successfully launched an Accounting Certificate program in summer 2010, and will launch its first full-time graduate business program, the Emerging Leaders MBA, in fall 2010.

As its scope of programs, number of alumni, and geographical reach increase, the Sellinger School’s values-centered approach ensures that it will continue to provide an education that positions business leaders to make a positive difference in the global business community and society at large.