News and Events

Speaker Series Kicks Off with Panel Discussion

The Albers Executive Speaker Series will begin its 17th year on October 11th. The opening event is a panel discussion featuring three former CEOs – Alan Mulally (Ford Motor Company and Boeing Commercial Airplanes), Frank Shrontz (Boeing), and Ray Conner (Boeing Commercial Airplanes). The event will be from 5:30 to 6:45 PM in Pigott Auditorium.  Marilyn Gist will serve as moderator.

MSBL/JD Program Ranked #5 in the Nation

The JD/Master of Sport Business Leadership program has been ranked fifth in the nation by Sports Management Degree Guide in its 2018-19 ranking of sports law programs.

Albers Mentor Fair Set for October 5th

The Albers Mentor Fair was held Friday, October 5th. This is the 29th year for our mentor program, and last year we had over 160 mentors working with more than 325 students.

Business & Engineering Career Fair

The 2018 Business and Engineering Career Fair is scheduled for October 16th from 11 am to 2 pm in Campion Ballroom. Over 50 employers and organizations will be seeking students pursuing jobs and internships in the business and engineering industries.

Meena Tries Health Care

Meena Rishi appeared as the Nurse in A Small History of Amal, Age 7, a play performing at West of Lenin in Fremont.

Campus to Join National Conversation on China

The Albers Global Business Center helped organize a China Town Hall event on campus on October 9th. A panel of experts, including David Reid and Yitan Li (College of Arts and Sciences), were part of an interactive webcast with Secretary Condoleezza Rice. It was co-sponsored by SU, the National Committee on China-US Relations, and the University of Washington.

Jeffery Smith Weighs in on Amazon $15/hour Announcement

Jeffery Smith was quoted in a KOMO News story on Amazon’s move to raise wages to $15/hour. The story appeared on October 2nd and you can read it on the KOMO website.

US News Ranks Albers

The US News and World Report 2019 undergraduate rankings rank Albers' undergrad business program as tied for 127th in the nation, putting us in the Top 50 private universities.

Albers' finance program is tied for 20th and our accounting program is tied for 23rd. This is the ninth year in a row that those two programs have appeared in the Top 25.

Marilyn Interviewed by PSBJ

Marilyn Gist was interviewed for an August 27th article in the Puget Sound Business Journal, entitled, “Executive leadership students climb the career ladder quickly, Seattle U’s Marilyn Gist says.” You can read the article at the PSBJ website.

Convocation Kicks Off 2018

The Albers Convocation to launch the academic year took place on September 18th. Over 70 faculty and staff convened to go through an agenda that included discussion of on-line initiatives, a review of the school strategic plan, a presentation on the new Albers Transfer Student Ambassador Program, and a visit from the Provost, Shane Martin.

Holly Appointed Wismer Professor

Holly Ferraro has been appointed to SU’s Patricia Wismer Professorship for 2018-20. The Wismer Professorship is awarded to a tenured faculty member who is an accomplished scholar with a strong commitment to gender studies. Holly plans to use the resources of the chair to investigate why inclusive practices do not lead to the experience of inclusion. She also plans to organize several campus events addressing the theme of inclusion.

Speaker Series Filled up for 2018-19

Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, will participate on November 1st. It will be in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Margaret Meister, CEO of Symetra, will join the speaker series on April 9th, 2019. Meister was formerly Symetra’s CFO and replaced Tom Marra, who is a previous participant in the series. Symetra is a life insurance, annuities, and employee benefits company now wholly owned by Symetra is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company.

François Locoh-Donou, President and CEO of F5 Networks, will participate in the speaker series on May 21st, 2019. Locoh-Donou succeeded John McAdam, a previous participant in the series. Locoh-Donou is originally from Togo, and prior to F5 was COO of Ciena Corporation. F5 is a cloud and data security provider.

Previously announced were Rick and David Cantu, co-founders of Redapt, on January 15th, 2019 and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line, on February 19th, 2019.

US News Grad Program Rankings

The US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings for 2019 were released, and Albers' PMBA program is ranked 42nd. This places Albers second in the Northwest and eighth on the West Coast. Albers' LEMBA program is now ranked 11th nationally, up from 12th last year. This puts Albers first in the Northwest and third on the West Coast. Albers' MPAC program is ranked 15th, placing us second in the Northwest and eighth on the West Coast.

College Factual Ranks Albers in Top 50

College Factual ranks Albers undergraduate business program #45 in the nation out of 700+ business schools. That places Albers second in the Northwest for undergrad programs.

College of Distinction

Albers has been recognized as a College of Distinction for 2017-18, along with SU’s programs in education, engineering, and nursing.  According to Colleges of Distinction, it recognizes outstanding “teaching-centered colleges that we believe provide the elements crucial for student development and an effective undergraduate education.”

Albers Ranked by Poets and Quants

The Albers undergraduate business program is ranked #75 in the 2017 Poets and Quants undergraduate business programs ranking. Albers was one of only two schools ranked in the Northwest and the top private university in the Northwest. Albers also ranked number three across Jesuit universities, an impressive standing given the many excellent Jesuit business programs. Poets and Quants is an on-line portal focused on all issues related to business education. This is the first time Albers has appeared in the ranking. Read more at Poets and Quants website.

LEMBA Ranked Twentieth

Albers' Leadership EMBA is ranked #20 in the nation according to College Choice in its 2017 ranking of the nation’s best EMBA programs. Albers is the top program in the Northwest and #4 on the West Coast. You can read more at:

MSBA Ranked Twelfth in the Nation

Albers' MS in Business Analytics program was ranked twelfth in the nation in the 2018 Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs. More information can be found at

Accounting Ranked in Top 25

Albers' undergraduate accounting program is ranked #25 in the nation according to College Choice in its 2017 ranking of the nation’s best accounting programs. Albers is the top private school in the Northwest, #4 among Jesuit schools, and #6 on the West Coast. You can read more at