News and Events

Crab Feed Approaching

The 16th Annual Albers Alumni Crab Feed is coming up on March 16th. It will take place starting at 5:30 PM in Campion Ballroom.  Tickets may be purchased at:

Deans in Vegas

The AACSB Dean’s Conference was in Las Vegas February 7-9.the meeting included an International Association of Jesuit Business Schools board meeting and a meeting of the AJCU Business School Deans.

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.

Albers Career Night

Albers Career Night took place on February 27th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Optimism. ACN is an opportunity for undergraduate and Bridge MBA students to network with business professionals from our community and is organized by the Albers Placement Center.

PMBA Student Recognized by Internal Audit Magazine

Internal Auditor magazine, the world’s premier publication for the internal audit profession, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Brian Salvador, a student in our PMBA program.  Brian received the scholarship for his essay in response to the question, “How Can Business Acumen Help Internal Audit?”  The essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students globally and the winner is selected by a panel of five audit professionals.

Claus and Matt Awarded SU Summer Fellowships

Matt Isaac and Claus Portner have received Summer Faculty Fellowships from the university for 2018. Matt’s project is, “Is Top 10 Better than Top 10%? How Different Rank Claim Formats Influence Preference.”  Claus will be working on “Urban Fertility Transitions Across Regions.”

Albers Summer Research Grants

Five Albers faculty members have been awarded Albers Summer Research Grants for 2018:

  • Cathy Cao - “Corporate Tax Rate and Firm Investment Behavior”
  • Dean Diavatopolous - “Models Behaving Badly: A Cautionary Tale about Stochastic Volatility”
  • Katya Emm - “Corporate Risk Exposures, Disclosure and Derivatives Use: A Longitudinal Analysis”
  • Eunice Rhee - “Level of Strategic Focus and Stock Market Reaction: A Case of Failed M&A Attempts”
  • Meena Rishi - “Green ODA and Climate Change: Do Institutions Matter?”

Quan Receives ASIANetwork Grant

Quan Le and Le Xuan Hy (Department of Psychology) received an ASIANetwork-Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant for 2018. They will take four Albers students, one psych student, and one engineering student to Da Lat, Viet Nam this summer for three weeks to work coffee farmers.  The SU group will be joined by students from Da Lat University and a group of Indonesian students, making for a truly global project!

Matt Isaac is next Genevieve Albers Professor

Matt Isaac will be the Genevieve Albers Professor for 2018-21.  Matt has published six "Big Hit" articles, including articles in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of Marketing Research.  His scholarship is widely cited by other researchers and broadly covered in the media, including Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.  Matt is also an excellent teacher.  He has taught nine different classes and demonstrated success from the introductory marketing undergraduate class to MBA elective course levels.  Congratulations to Matt!

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.”

New Add for Albers

Wendy Kelley is joining the Albers School as Assistant Development Director.  Prior to SU, Wendy did more than a dozen years of advancement work at UW.

Albers Student is Washington Excel Champ

Senior management major Katie Toyoshima has been named the state of Washington’s Microsoft Office Specialist Champion and selected to compete in Certiport’s 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13-15, 2018. The designation was earned in the process of completing the Albers Excel requirement for undergraduate students.

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

US News and World Report Rankings

The US News and World Report undergraduate rankings ranked Albers 128th this year among undergraduate business programs (tied with 23 other schools including Xavier, Washington and Lee, and Butler). Our undergraduate finance program is tied for 15th nationally with Fairfield. This makes Albers the highest ranking program in the Northwest (UW is tied for 24th). Our undergraduate accounting program is tied for 19th nationally with Santa Clara and UNC Chapel Hill. This makes us second in the Northwest (UW is ranked 13th). This is the eighth year in a row that Albers' accounting and finance programs have appeared in the Top 25.

BECU CEO to Visit Speaker Series

Benson Porter will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. It will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Porter is CEO of BECU, and will be one of the few SU alumni to speak in the series. With more than 1 million members and over $16 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. It is also the largest Washington based financial institution of any kind, larger than any bank headquartered here.

Boeing CEO to Speak

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO, Kevin McAllister, is scheduled for the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium. McAllister will join a distinguished list of prior BCA CEOs who have participated in the series – Alan Mulally, Scott Carson, Jim Albaugh, and Ray Conner.

Seattle University Recognized by AACSB International for Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Education

The Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge uncovers cutting-edge practices at the forefront of entrepreneurship in business education

SEATTLE, April 27, 2017 — Today AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized Seattle University for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders.

Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics is one of 35 business schools around the globe to earn this distinction.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Receives $500,000 Grant from JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase Provides $500,000 Grant to Seattle U Resource Program for Growth of Central Area Businesses

SEATTLE– Seattle University has received a three-year $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to implement a new program that offers tailored business training and development services to neighborhood businesses in Seattle’s Central Area – the Resource Amplification & Management Program (RAMP). The grant is part of JPMorgan Chase’s “Small Business Forward” program, which recently announced the $75 million initiative to accelerate the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses. Read more...

US News Ranks LEMBA 12th, MPAC 14th

The 2018 US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings rank Albers' Professional MBA tied for 75th among 360 PT MBA programs, putting us second in the Northwest. The MPAC program is ranked as tied for 14th in the nation, placing Albers number four on the West Coast, tops in the Northwest, and #1 among Jesuit universities. The LEMBA program is ranked as tied for 12th in the nation, placing Albers number three on the West Coast, #1 in the Northwest, and tied for #1 among Jesuit universities.

SU to Host 2018 IAJBS/CJBE Joint Meeting

The Albers School will host the 2018 joint meeting of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE). This will take place July 22-25, 2018 on the SU campus. IAJBS is a group serving Jesuit business school administrators from around the world. CJBE supports faculty teaching in Jesuit business schools, historically focusing on the US. Both groups hold annual meetings and periodically come together for a joint meeting, which will be the case in 2018.This is the 20th anniversary of CJBE, which had its first meeting at SU in 1998.