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Smartsheet President & CEO speaks at Albers Executive Speaker Series

Smartsheet President & CEO Mark Mader with panel at November 2019 Albers Executive Speaker Series

Mark Mader, President & CEO of Smartsheet, was the featured speaker at the Albers Executive Speaker Series last November 19. His topic was 'The Future of Work is Human'. Mader is shown here with members of that evening's panel, Rubi Cammarota, Tran Nam Thao and Alexandra Sanchez.

The next guest of the Exec Speaker Series is Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade, on January 22, 2020. Check out our complete speaker lineup on the Exec Speaker Series page.

Albers' Marketing Program Ranked Best in Washington State

College Factual has ranked Albers' marketing program #1 out of six colleges in the state of Washington for the second straight year. The program was ranked #45 out of 415 schools nationwide, putting it in the Top 15% of all marketing programs in the US.

Induction Ceremony Held for New Endowed Chairs 

Albers new endowed chairs Cathy Cao and Werner De Bondt with Albers Dean Joe Phillips

Last November 22nd, an induction ceremony for the new endowed chairs and professorships of Albers was held at Pigott 103. The three inductees:

  • Cathy Cao - Dr. Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair of Finance
  • Werner De Bondt - Thomas F. Gleed Endowed Chair of Business Administration
  • Meena Rishi - Eva Albers Professorship

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.

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.

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.

He recently received an award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium for the work he did as an undergrad, the partnership with Tacoma Housing Authority and others that created student housing for students who had been homeless.   

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.

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.