The Center for Spiritual Capital and Loyola College of Business Host Deans Colloquium

In addition to the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras taking place in New Orleans in the month of February, the Center for Spiritual Capital and CoB hosted its own milestone event—the ABIS-Loyola Deans’ Colloquium 2013. The conference, titled “Aligning Institutional (Faith-Based) Values/Strategy with Management Education Frameworks in the 21st Century,” was a three-day invitation-only event, hosted in conjunction with the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), and held at the Hilton Hotel Riverside, February 28 – March 2.

The purpose of the conference was to bring together 20 – 30 deans and a few others to discuss aligning faith-based business school programs both in the U.S. and in Europe. Designed to encourage the exploration of ideas through informal, yet serious, discussion, the focus of the conference was on five major issues faced by faith-based business school programs: global trends, emerging models, strategy, organizational capabilities, and capacity building.

The essence and success of the conference according to Nicholas Capaldi, Ph.D., Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics, professor of management, and director of the Center for Spiritual Capital, lay in civil discourse cultivated in an atmosphere of learned fellowship shared among colleagues. Accordingly, each conference participant was alerted beforehand that he or she was expected to attend all sessions, receptions, and group meals.

CoB Dean William Locander, Ph.D., says that “the attendees hold significant positions in their universities so that they will be heard on the topic of aligning faith-based values with their business programs on their campuses. The conference was the first of its kind, and we at Loyola University New Orleans hope to keep the dialogue on this important topic alive at future conferences.”

Partial List of Conference Attendees:

Dean Paolo Bidinost, Ph.D.; Universidade Catolica de Sedes Sapientiae, Peru
Dr. Nicholas Capaldi; Loyola University New Orleans
Prof. Ignasi Carreras; ESADE Business School
Dr. Gerald Cavanagh, S.J.; University of Detroit Mercy
Dean James Dorris, Ph.D.; Regis University College for Professional Studies
Dean Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D.; Fairfield University
Dean Sandra L. Gill, Ph.D.; Benedictine University
Exec. Dean Charles Phillip Harris, Ph.D.; University of Chester, Chester Business School
Dean Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., J.D.; Saint Louis University
Dr. Jim Joseph; Le Moyne College
Dean Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.; Pepperdine University
Dean William Locander; Loyola University New Orleans
Dean Tomislav Mandakovic, Ph.D.; Barry University
Dean Terry S. Maness; Baylor University
Interim Dean Rev. David McCallum, S.J., Ed.D.; Le Moyne College
Dr. Mollie Painter; EABIS, Academic Director
Dean Robert F. Scherer, Ph.D., SPHR; University of Dallas
Dean Turney Stevens, Ph.D.; Lipscomb University
Assoc. Dean Ross E. Stewart, Ph.D.; Seattle Pacific University
Assoc. Dean Michael Thompson, Ph.D.; Brigham Young University
Dean Anita Underwood, Ph.D.; Nyack College
Dean Ray Whittington, Ph.D.; DePaul University
Dean Chuck Williams, Ph.D.; Butler University

View the complete spring 2013 issue of Loyola Executive.

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