News and Events

NHL Seattle CEO Kicks off Speaker Series

Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, will kick-off the 2019-20 Albers Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 16th.  He will be speaking in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

College Factual Ranks Albers

College Factual has issued its 2020 rankings of undergraduate programs, and placed Albers in the Top 10% in management and Top 15% in both accounting and marketing.  Our International Business graduates rank in the Top 5% for Highest Paid Graduates. Find out more about Albers and SU rankings.

Albers Convocation

The Albers School kicked off the 2019-20 academic year with its Convocation on September 16th.  In addition to hearing from Provost Shane Martin and CFO Wilson Garone, the meeting discussed graduate marketing, the latest Albers strategic plan, Albers enrollment, new taskforces that will be at work this year, and other important matters such as where will graduation be in June, 2020?

Trek Bikes CEO to Visit Speaker Series

John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes, will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22nd.  He will be speaking in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Risk Assurance Students Excel at IIA Competition

Several students in our Risk Advisory and Assurance program took top honors at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Student Exchange Case Competition.  Nick McIntyre was on the first-place team and Chloe Zabrek was a member of the second-place team.  Teams consisted of students from different schools and the event took place at the IIA Student Exchange in Orlando, Florida, a global conference with students and educators from North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa.  Sarah Bee and Steve Mar accompanied the students to the competition.

Albers Undergrad Programs Ranked by US News and World Report

The 2020 US News and World Report Undergraduate rankings were released today, and Albers is tied at #128 nationally among business programs. Finance is tied at #24, along with UW, as the top finance program in the Northwest. Accounting is tied at #40, making us third in the Northwest.

Teresa Rothausen Joins Albers as CLF Director

Teresa Rothausen will join Albers as the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation starting June 1, 2020.  Teresa is currently the Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Principled Management at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.  She will also be joining us as a Professor of Management.  Teresa has been on the faculty of the Opus College of Business at St. Thomas since 1998, and since 2011 has held the Heckler Chair and been designated a John Ireland Scholar, which recognizes her outstanding performance as a teacher scholar.  Her research interests are in the areas of leadership development, purposeful work in organizations, and diversity and inclusion. Teresa has taught a variety of management and leadership courses at all levels – undergraduate, graduate, and executive, and received teaching awards in 1996 and 2010.  She has been teaching in executive education programs at St. Thomas since 2008.   Madhu Rao will serve as Acting Director of the CLF until Teresa arrives in June.

KUOW Interviews Matt on Eco-friendly Behavior and Masculinity

Matt Isaac was interviewed by The Record on KUOW Radio on August 8th about his research on the link between masculinity and eco-friendly behavior that appeared in the Journal of Consumer Research.  You can listen in at

New Faculty for 2019-20

We have five faculty joining us in 2019-20 as full-time faculty for the first time. They are:

Mason Gerety – Lecturer in Finance; Mason is Professor of Finance Emeritus and formerly Dean of the College of Business Administration at Northern Arizona University.

Eric Lloyd – Instructor in Information Systems; Eric has worked for six years at Cequint as a Senior Data Engineer/Scientist and has taught previously at Palm Beach State College and North Seattle College.

Adeliada Mehmetaj – Instructor of Economics; Adeliada finished up her PhD at Drexel University and has previously taught at Drexel.

Kathryn Troxel – Instructor of Accounting; Kathryn has a dozen years of industry experience, most recently as Director of Finance & Tax at Yext, and has taught previously at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, and Cal Davis.

Sihong Xie – Instructor of Economics; Sihong recently earned her PhD at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has previously taught at UC Boulder and UC Denver.

Albers Celebrates 25 Years of Study Tours

Albers celebrated the 25th anniversary of study tours in the Albers School by returning to the site of the first tour, Sansepolcro, a town in Tuscany, Italy.  The celebration took a group of Albers alumni back to the historic venue which is the home town of Luca Pacioli, the widely acknowledged founder of the accounting profession. The group was led by Bill Weis and Dave Tinius, two of the professors who engineered the first trip. Among the highlights of the celebration was the induction of the dean and Glenn Lux into the Pacioli Society. The entire celebration was organized by Hartley McGrath, and included winery tours, a tour of the Busatti textile factory, historical lectures on Pacioli and the first visit to Sansepolcro, and Italian feasts.

Carolyn Takes Over

Carolyn Auvil has been hired as a Albers Graduate Program Coordinator. She had been working as a temporary employee in this position while Christina Hughes was on maternity leave, but with Christina not returning, Carolyn now takes over. Carolyn will be responsible for all Albers graduate admissions processing, inquiry management, and graduate recruitment. Carolyn is originally from Portland, OR and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Cultural Anthropology.

New Economics & Finance Admin

Armen Papyan started as Administrative Assistant for the Departments of Economics and Finance on September 3rd.  Armen is a recent graduate of UW-Tacoma where he majored in Political Philosophy and Economics and was President of Associated Students of UW-T.

MSBL Ranked 35th Globally, 21st Nationally

SportBusiness Magazine ranks our Master of Sport Business Leadership program 35th in the World and 21st in the nation in its 2019 Sports Masters rankings. We are the only ranked program in Washington and fourth on the West Coast.

Accounting Programs Gain ACCA Partnership Status

Our undergraduate and graduate accounting programs have gained Academic Partnership status with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a leading global professional accounting certification. With partnership status, our graduates can waive most of the 12 qualifying exams for ACCA certification, and this certification should be of particular interest to international students. Seattle U is only the 11th school in the US to qualify as an academic partner with this prestigious global accreditation body.

Albers Grad Programs Nationally Ranked by USNews

Four Albers grad programs were nationally ranked in the 2020 US News and World Report graduate program rankings. The Professional MBA program is ranked #57 among Part-time MBA programs, and in the specialty rankings, the Leadership EMBA ranks #17, the MPAC ranks #24, and the MS in Finance ranks #28.

Bridge MBA Cracks Top 25 ranks our Bridge MBA 24th among the nation’s accelerated MBA programs and #1 in the Northwest and #1 among Jesuit programs. You can check out the ranking at:

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.