Inspiring Responsible Leadership

Dean's Reflections

I recently met with my Jesuit Business School colleagues from across the U.S. at our annual meeting. We hosted the meeting here in Baltimore, Md., so I spent a lot of time preparing the agenda and reflecting on some of the topics to help facilitate conversation. It’s always reinvigorating to meet with colleagues who face similar challenges and who share your experiences. However, even more invigorating is the fact that each school is so unique—in geography, student population, and program offerings—and yet the passion my colleagues share for Jesuit business education and the culture that mission creates at each school is pervasive.

I’ve referenced this quote before and I will again. It’s from the man for which our business school is named, the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J.: “Business will not change Loyola; Loyola will change business.” Think about what Fr. Sellinger was saying back in 1967 when he founded the business school here at Loyola. It resonates continually with me through my experiences as dean. I see even more clearly what Fr. Sellinger meant when I meet with these fellow deans. The Jesuit mission is something that guides my colleagues as they lead each of their schools. It is something they truly believe in and have witnessed. Stories of ethical leadership, student transformation, service, and rigor permeated our meeting.

At Loyola, we prepare our students to learn, lead, and serve in their local, national, and global communities. We teach our students to make ethical, responsible choices as business leaders. We teach them to be men and women for others; to leave their communities in a better place than they found them. Each year at the Business Leader of the Year award dinner, we honor a business leader who lives these values and inspires other businesses and business leaders to be stewards in their communities, to make ethical choices, to lead responsibly.

And that’s what Rand Griffin, CEO of COPT, has done—first and most significantly in Columbia, Md., where COPT is headquartered, and then in communities across the country where the company owns properties. I was so impressed by some of his comments in our interview, “How to LEED.” Not only did Rand feel that sustainable building was the right thing to do, but he also felt the responsibility to his community to lead the way. That is what Jesuit business education is all about. I’m eager to honor Rand Griffin as an example of someone whose commitment to his community has done nothing but reinforce his professional achievements and make them more meaningful. I hope you believe that our approach to business education continues to prepare men and women who will help create your companies’ legacies as responsible leaders in business, just as Rand Griffin has at Corporate Office Properties Trust. I do hope you will join us on Nov. 16 to learn more about Rand’s story, to network with our community’s top business leaders, and to witness firsthand the impact the Sellinger School has had on business in this region.

Should you be interested in speaking with me about this or any other topic, please reach out to me at sellingerdean@loyola.edu.

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