Letter from the Dean
IMAGINE a world where business is considered a noble profession. WELCOME to a place where it is!
At Lourdes, we teach students that business can be a "noble profession"—if it is well lived. We hold in front of our students examples of successful business professionals who have lived lives of utmost integrity, who have provided employment (and therefore dignity and hope) to thousands, who have given the world outstanding products and services that have made the world a better place, and who have never lost sight of the common good as they have grown profitable free enterprises. Business can be a "noble profession."
We hire faculty who believe this. We attract partners in the business and nonprofit communities who support this. We recruit students who want this. It is the essence of our Franciscan heritage and at the core of our academic community.
We have an outstanding and dedicated faculty whose first and most heartfelt desire is to see our students succeed—in the broadest sense of that term. Our faculty members have excellent academic credentials, and almost all have had significant experience in industry and/or nonprofit. Business leadership, for our faculty, is a noble profession in which success and integrity cannot be separated.
If you study Business and Leadership at Lourdes, it is our firmest hope that you will excel in your chosen field by becoming. . .
- One who understands that ethics and integrity are critical to business and carries them into the marketplace with courage and conviction
- One who cares about the world with passion and serves the greater needs of society with commitment
- One who never stops growing and commits to lifelong development of mind, heart and soul
- One who appreciates the complexity of today's business environment and understands that success demands not only deep knowledge, but broad perspective, insightful creativity, and sound judgment
During the past 30 years, over 1800 students have graduated from our programs and have moved into careers in the business and nonprofit sectors. In addition to providing excellent values-based academic programs for our students, we have integrated career services throughout our programs in order to give our students the best possible chance of advancing their career goals upon completion.
This year, over 500 students are enrolled in the College of Business and Leadership. About 350 students are studying one of the eight undergraduate majors that we offer, and about 150 students are enrolled in our Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) programs. Students have the option of moving right from our undergraduate program into our full-time MBA program and completing both degrees in five years. Through academic training, career services, internships, immersion experiences and mentoring, we connect students to their futures.
Come for a visit! We would love to show you around our beautiful campus. If you visit, please feel free to stop by my office — my door is almost always open.
Dean C. Ludwig, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
College of Business & Leadership