Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Business and Leadership (COBAL) at Lourdes University (LU); where business is taught as a noble profession. I am delighted that you are interested in joining our diverse and dynamic community. At COBAL, we are committed to providing business and leadership education tailored to the unique needs of each student and characterized by innovation, interpersonal skills, and Franciscan values. 

Pursuing a college degree is a significant investment in yourself. It entails a present sacrifice (money, time, and effort) with the realization that the results will positively transform your future career path and earning power. Furthermore, college life is a rich experience that will likely change your life forever. I have been working with students for over twenty years now. One thing I can say for sure is this: Not all business programs are equal. As such, while considering college, you must select the one that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

The academic programs at COBAL have high returns on investment (ROI). We offer relevant curricula that boost your employability and generous scholarship programs that drastically ease your financial burden. This is a unique mix that only a few business programs can attain.

Our curriculum is relevant, timely, and continuously adapts to new social and economic challenges. Our faculty brings both industry experience and high academic quality to the classroom. They focus on practical considerations that help you mimic the decision-making process of astute leaders.

We have a liberal admission policy recognizing that academic and professional success is a product of a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to, academic performance. We work closely with the local business community to ensure our graduates have distinguished interpersonal skills and have access to a vivid network of potential business partners.

We offer a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Sports Management. We strive to prepare students for the needs of the local job market. We also offer an online MBA (with several concentration options) and a Master of Organizational Leadership. Our graduate programs are geared toward working professionals who wish to propel their careers forward or explore new professional paths.

Our beautiful, cozy campus is in Sylvania, northwest Toledo, Ohio, and is only 15 minutes away from downtown Toledo. It is one of the safest campuses in the nation and is surrounded by a safe, affordable, and close-knit neighborhood. This makes COBAL a desirable destination for international students looking for an immersive experience that introduces them to American culture and business practices.

If you have any questions, please be assured that my team and I are here to support you in making the right decision, maximize your return on investment, and help you achieve your professional goals.

I look forward to seeing you soon on our campus.

Dr. Yasser Alhenawi


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Thank you for your interest in inviting Dr. Alhenawi, Dean of the College of Business and Leadership, to your event.

Our Dean would love to be part of your event as a keynote speaker, plenary speaker, panelist, guest speaker … etc. All event requests are reviewed by Dr. Alhenawi; and he is committed to fulfill as many requests as his calendar will allow. Otherwise, he will refer you to another faculty or senior staff.

Please submit your request to Dr. Alhenawi at at least four weeks prior to the event date. Please make sure that your request includes an event brief, schedule, topic, audience, and other information such as date, time, location, parking instructions … etc.

About Dr. Alhenawi:

Yasser Alhenawi, PhD, was hired as a Professor of Finance and Dean of COBAL and assumed the role during the summer of 2023. Dr. Yasser Alhenawi is characterized as an enthusiastic educator and a strategic, entrepreneurial, and forward-thinking leader with nearly two decades of professional experience. Earning his PhD in Finance from the University of New Orleans, Dr. Alhenawi is an active researcher who boasts numerous publications in elite academic journals and conferences. He earned a PhD and Master of Science in Finance from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration from Emporia State University. Dr. Alhenawi came to Lourdes University from Ajman University, where he served as Professor of Finance, MBA Program Director, and Teaching and Learning Center manager. Before that, he had served at the University of Evansville as an Associate Professor and founding director of the Institute for Banking and Finance. Dr. Alhenawi’s areas of expertise include strategic management, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, personal finance and investments.