Dean’s Blog

Mark Mason

Published May 16, 2016 at 10:05 PM PDT

Mark Mason, President and CEO of HomeStreet Bank, participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series. Since joining HomeStreet in 2009, Mason has led the turnaround of the once troubled institution, recapitalizing the bank with an initial public offering and returning the bank to profitability and growth.

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Zhuhai and Guangzhou

Published May 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM PDT

On May 7th we left Hong Kong early in the morning on the ferry for Zhuhai, China. Upon arrival, a driver picked us up and took us to the Ocean Kingdom theme park. We were given a VIP tour, taking in such sights as the world's largest aquarium, the beluga whale show, the penguin exhibit, and the 5D movie, which is more like a 7D movie! That was my favorite part, with the 3D glasses, moving chair, spraying water, surround sound and wind in your face! I am glad I am experiencing it as an adult -- I am not sure I could have handled it as a kid!

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Hong Kong

Published May 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM PDT

I spent May 4, 5, and 6 in Hong Kong visiting Seattle University alumni and supporters. Along with Jim Hembree from University Advancement and Russ Powell, Associate Provost of Global Engagement, I visited with 24 people individually or in group meetings, including 15 alumni of Albers. There was a wide range of graduates, with the oldest graduating in 1975 and the youngest In 2006! We estimate there are about 80 Albers alums in HK.

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Hong Kong and China

Published May 1, 2016 at 1:05 PM PDT

I will be travelling to Hong Kong and China May 2 to May 10. I will be travelling with Jim Hembree from the SU Advancement team, and part of the time we will be with Russ Powell, Associate Provost for Global Engagement. The main purpose of the trip for Jim and I is to connect with alumni in Hong Kong and Southern China.

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Rich Barton

Published April 29, 2016 at 8:04 AM PDT

Rich Barton, founder of such companies as Expedia, Zillow, and GlassDoor, spoke in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on April 19th, to an audience of more than 300 students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The title of his talk was, "Power to the People: How Technology Transforms Industries."

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Vidya Awasthi

Published April 19, 2016 at 9:04 AM PDT

Vidya Awathi, Associate Professor of Accounting in the Albers School, will be retiring from Seattle University at the end of this academic year. Vidya has been on our faculty since 1996, and prior to that served on the faculty of Santa Clara University. The university is honoring his many years of excellent service by naming him an emeritus professor.

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Alan Mulally Appointed Senior Fellow

Published April 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM PDT

Alan Mulally, retired President and CEO of Ford Motor Company and former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has been appointed Senior Fellow in the Center for Leadership Formation in the Albers School at Seattle University. In this capacity, Alan will be working with students, faculty, and alumni in our Executive Leadership and Leadership EMBA programs.

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Colleen Brown

Published February 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM PST

Colleen Brown, board chair of American Apparel, participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on February 16 th . The theme of her presentation was, "American Apparel--Difficult Choices," as she shared some of the difficulties the troubled firm has faced since she joined the board in 2014.

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Dan Price

Published January 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM PST

Dan Price, co-founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, participated in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on January 21st. Price has been in the news quite a bit for establishing a salary floor of $70,000 at Gravity and lowering his own salary to that level. He's made many national appearances on that topic, so we are fortunate to have him in our own back yard and available to speak. Of course, when we confirmed his visit back in February of 2015, we did not know he would have so much notoriety!

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Installation Ceremony 2015

Published November 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM PST