The Lourdes University College of Business and Leadership offers students several academic resources. Business majors are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.
The College of Business and Leadership Executive in Residence Program affords Lourdes students the opportunity to establish and maintain one-on-one connections with executives who possess experience and expertise in the business world. Students can attend confidential consultations, receive guidance on prospective career choices and develop relationships with current and former executives who serve as mentors for the next generation of business leaders.
Sr. Ann Francis Klimkowski, O.S.F., Ph.D.
Sister Ann Francis Klimkowski, O.S.F. is the newest member of the Executive in Residence program.
The former president of Lourdes University, Sister Ann Francis Klimkowski is from Wyandotte, MI. Her early education was received in both public and Catholic schools. During high school, she followed a business education curriculum and after graduation, was employed with a large chemical company as a cleric-typist following graduation. As a young adult, she was active in her home parish activities and grew to know and love the Sisters who taught in the elementary school. At one point, after much reflection and encouragement from those who knew her best, she joined the Sisters of St. Francis in 1953 and celebrated 60 years as a member in 2015.
Her ministry as a Sister of St. Francis has been that of education on the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Sr. Ann Francis received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education degrees from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from The University of Toledo.
Sister Ann Francis’ move into administration came in 1962 when she became a principal of a consolidated school in Northeast Minneapolis. Her administration experience at Lourdes spanned 21 years with 17 of those spent as President of an institution that had developed four year degrees after 24 years as a junior college. Over a 13 year period, degrees in business, education, and nursing were added. She was also pivotal in the establishment of the institution’s first graduate degrees.
Of her selection as a COBAL Executive in Residence, Sister Ann Francis says “I am the happiest when I am in the classroom interacting with students which I hope and look forward to doing again.”
The inaugural member of the Executive in Residence Program is Dan Busse. Currently serving as Vice President of Marketing and Production of Busse Knife Group, he has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to his executive role with Busse Knife Group, Dan had successful stints at well-known organizations including InkJet and Hewlett-Packard (HP), a Fortune 500 company.
Named in honor of a former president and CEO of Dana Corporation, the business center was made possible by a generous gift from the Magliochetti family.
The Joseph M. Magliochetti Business Center provides all business students access to breakout areas with conference tables, a stock ticker that has up-to-the-minute stock quotes and an array of leading business publications available to read. Additionally, the College of Business and Leadership hosts the Annual Leadership Summit where the greater Toledo business community comes together to celebrate business as a noble profession with keynote speakers from leading corporations from around the world.
This resource center offers technology and staff experts to help business majors achieve their professional goals. Students take advantage of APA writing assistance, an interviewing lab, career and professional preparation tools and technology workshops.
Business majors an take full advantage of interviewing labs throughout their Lourdes academic career. Housed in the St. Francis Hall, the Business Interviewing Labs allow College of Business and Leadership faculty and staff to assist students in honing their interview and professional skills.
Undergraduate business majors benefit from this comprehensive program designed to provide the skills needed to find employment in their chosen fields. The Backpack to briefcase program is delivered through students’ business core curriculum and begins in their freshman year.
Real-world opportunities outside the classroom are also provided through major-specific career engagements, access to university job fairs and networking events, membership in Enactus and community and civic engagement opportunities.
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