News and Events

Best Paper Awards

Gabe Saucedo and Nathan Colaner received a Best Paper Award for their paper, “An Interdisciplinary Mashup: Fusing the Accounting Conceptual Framework with Ethics,” presented at the 14th annual Global Business Research Symposium hosted by St. John’s University. Gabe received a second Best Paper Award for his paper, “The Effects of Voluntary Human Capital Disclosures on Investors’ Decision-Making and Assessment of Firm Value.” That paper will also be published in the Review of Business.

Accounting Awards Banquet

The 47th Annual Accounting Awards Banquet took place on June 7, with 33 student awards presented. Susan Weihrich received the Chair Award for her 30 years of outstanding service to the department.

Graduation Weekend

The 2019 Seattle University graduation ceremonies took place on June 16th at the Convention Center. Albers awarded 322 undergraduate business degrees and 278 graduate business degrees. Among the graduates on June 16th was Lorri Sheffer, who received her Master of Public Administration degree. 

The Albers Awards and Graduation Celebration occured the day before graduation. Stacey Jones and alum Michael Saito (BABA Finance, 2018) received the 2019 Albers Faculty-Student Research Award. The title of their project was, “To Taste Internally: Ignatian Pedagogy and Service-Learning at the Farmers Market,” and it was first presented at the IAJBS conference here in July and then accepted for publication in the Journal of Jesuit Business Education. They each received a $1000 cash award.

Katherine Hannick received the Paul A. Volpe Award for the highest undergraduate academic performance in Albers, and Thomas Hirschler received the Jerry A. Viscione Award for the highest academic performance among our graduate students. Thomas also received the Provost’s Award for Graduate Student Excellence, given to the student university-wide with the highest GPA and demonstrated leadership.

Retiring Faculty and Staff

Peggy Allende has decided she will retire on June 30th after more than 40 years of service at SU. Many thanks to Peggy for all her contributions to Albers working in the departments of Economics and Finance!

Marilyn Gist is stepping down from being Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation and Professor of Management since 2003. Marilyn will continue teaching in the CLF programs.

Barb Hauke is  retiring after 11 years as Director of Marketing and Communications.

Ruben Trevino is retiring after 30 years on the Albers faculty teaching finance.

Susan Weihrich is retiring after 30 years on the Albers faculty teaching accounting.

Many thanks to all of them for their work to support Albers and Seattle University!

Housing Market Insights

Brian Kelly and Vlad Dashkeev were interviewed in a KING 5 News segment on the Seattle housing market that was broadcast on June 14th. You can see the interview at

Superior Chapter Status

Albers' Beta Alpha Psi Delta Eta Chapter has earned Superior Chapter status for 2018-19. This marks the 18th year in a row that SU has received Superior Status. Gabe Saucedo is the faculty advisor for BAP.

Brian Featured in Washington Post Article

A study by Brian Kelly on asset forfeiture is prominently covered in a Washington Post article published on June 11th, “Study: Civil asset forfeiture doesn’t discourage drug use or help police solve crimes,” written by Radley Balko. You can read the article at

MSBA Program Ranked 18th in Nation

Albers' MS in Business Analytics is ranked 18th in the nation among top Master’s degrees in Data Science for 2019 by We are first among Jesuit schools and in the Northwest and we are #2 on the West Coast. For more on the ranking, visit

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.

HSBPC Finals

The Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition Finals and Award Ceremony took place on May 31, at the Columbia Tower. The Grand Prize Winner, Sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation and claiming a $10,000 prize, was Hatch, created by Bettina Paek (LEMBA student). The Second Place Prize went to Teak & Timber, founded by PMBA students Daniel McConnell and Darby Stearns. Third Place went to Start Date, created by Jessica Bishop (LEMBA '18), Taysser Gherfal, and Ali Anderson. And Fourth Place was awarded to Cash Butte Distillery, established by PMBA students Julia Bringolf, Arielle Newcomb, and Eric Lein. Five other awards were also given away – congratulations to all the prize winners!

Speaker Series Wraps Up With F5 CEO

Our final speaker in the Albers Executive Speaker Series for 2018-19 was Francois Locoh-Donou, President and CEO of F5 Networks, who spoke on June 3rd on the topic of, “Giving as a Leader.”

Albers Leadership Celebration

The Albers Leadership Celebration took place on June 3rd to celebrate the contributions and leadership provided by Albers advisory board members, mentors and engaged alumni. The event included:

  • A showcase of Albers excellence through various student, faculty, and school programs/highlights
  • Exemplary Service awards to advisory board members Brooke DeBoutrey, Griffin Deebach, and Dominique Vincente.
  • A chance for advisory board members, mentors, alumni, and faculty/staff to network and make connections.

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.

CBE Fellows Announced

The Center for Business Ethics has announced the appointment of three Faculty Fellows for next year. They include:

  • Colette Hoption – studying how ethical conduct of leaders affects their ability to effectively engender support among followers
  • Brian McCullough – investigating how and why the sports sector has lagged behind other industries in its responses to global climate change and other sustainability challenges
  • Stacey Robbins (College of Education) – researching the leadership "gap" between men and women that results from latent attitudes, norms and biases about how effective women can lead

New Faculty Joining Albers in 2019-20

We have three faculty joining us as full time Instructors for the 2019-20 academic year. Eric Lloyd is a currently a Senior Data Engineer and Scientist with Cequint here in Seattle. He will be an Instructor in Information Systems and previously taught at North Seattle College and Palm Beach State College. His undergraduate and master’s degrees are from Florida Atlantic University.

Adeliada Mehmetaj and Sihong Xie will join us as Instructors of Economics. Adeliada is finishing up her Ph.D at Drexel University, and her undergraduate degree is from the American University of Bulgaria. Sihong is completing her Ph.D work at the University of Colorado Boulder, and has her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Albers Grad Programs Nationally Ranked by US News

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.

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.

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.