Dean’s Blog

Holland America President Counsels Students

Published February 21, 2019 at 10:02 AM PST

On February 19th, Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line (HAL), visited campus for the Albers Executive Speaker Series.  His theme was, “The Power of Authenticity in Leadership,” and he used the occasion to share some key insights from a book he is working on.

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Cantu Brothers Continuously Reinvent Redapt

Published January 22, 2019 at 9:01 AM PST


David and Rick Cantu, co-founders of Redapt, visited the Albers Executive Speaker Series on January 15th. Redapt is a cloud and big data service provider that the Cantu's founded 22 years ago, which has grown to $2 billion in revenues.

This was the first brother act in the 17 years of the Speaker Series, and they explained how they have continued to reinvent the company as the technology needs of customers change. What started out as refurbishing and reselling computers, moved to be a solution provider of integrated services, adding engineering, security, access to the cloud and, most recently, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This continuous reinvention comes from listening to customers about what their needs are, then finding a way to respond.

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Albers Recognizes New Endowed Professor and Chair Holders

Published November 20, 2018 at 11:11 AM PST

On November 16th the Albers School held a ceremony to recognize our new endowed professors and chairs for 2018-19.  Endowed chairs and professorships are a particularly important resource for a business school to have.  They are a valuable tool for attracting and retaining outstanding faculty.   If Seattle University and the Albers School are to attain our aspirations for academic excellence, we can only do so with a strong portfolio of endowed chairs and professorships.

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McKinstry CEO Urges Bucking Conventional Wisdoms

Published November 2, 2018 at 1:11 PM PDT


Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, joined the Albers Executive Speaker Series on November 2nd to discuss how McKinstry has had success as a purpose-driven firm bucking some conventional wisdoms along the way.  Under Allen’s leadership, McKinstry has evolved from a mechanical contractor into a comprehensive design, build, operate, and maintain (DBOM) enterprise with more than $500 million in annual revenues and nearly 2,700 employees.

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Boeing CEOs Provide Leadership Insights

Published October 12, 2018 at 4:10 PM PDT


Three former Boeing Commercial Airline CEOs kicked off the Albers Executive Speaker Series for 2018-19.  Frank Shrontz, Alan Mulally, and Ray Conner collectively provided the leadership for Boeing’s work in commercial airlines for over two decades, spanning from the mid-1980’s to 2016.  Mulally also went on to serve as President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company from 2006 to 2014.

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Albers Hosts Jesuit Business Educators from Around the World

Published August 8, 2018 at 4:08 PM PDT


The Albers School hosted the 24th Annual International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) World Forum and the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE) 20th Annual Meeting.  The joint event took place on the SU campus July 21st to 25th and the conference them was, “Innovation for Sustainability.”  More than 180 participants from 51 schools across five continents and 17 nations were in attendance.


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Graduation 2018

Published June 20, 2018 at 10:06 AM PDT


This past weekend marked the 99th Commencement for Seattle University.  The Albers School had 309 undergraduate students participating in the morning ceremony on June 17th at Key Arena.  In the afternoon, we had 264 graduate students receiving their degrees.  We congratulate our graduates! 

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Two Valuable Assets

Published June 9, 2018 at 4:06 PM PDT

"Two valuable department assets" -- that is what Dr. Jot Yau, chairman of the Department of Finance, said about Professor David Carrithers and Peggy Allende, Administrative Assistant for the Departments of Economics and Finance. Both are retiring this year and these are big shoes to fill!

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BECU Says Purpose and Passion Drive Success

Published May 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM PDT

Purpose and passion drive long-term success.  That was the key message from Benson Porter, CEO of BECU, the featured speaker in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on May 22nd.  BECU is the fourth largest credit union in the US and largest Washington based financial institution, with over $18 billion in assets and more than 1.1 million members.

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Boeing CEO Kevin McAllister

Published April 21, 2018 at 2:04 PM PDT

Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on April 19th.   McAllister assumed his current position in 2016, and now oversees more than 60 percent of Boeing’s total revenues and a unit that has produced and services 12,000 commercial jetliners worldwide.  Before joining Boeing, he was president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, Services, which capped a 27-year career at GE Aviation.

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