News and Events

Crab Feed Big Success

The 17th Annual Albers Alumni Crab Feed was held on March 15th. The event raised over $95,000 for scholarships for Albers students, and there were well over 200 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Albers. The key organizers of the event are the Albers Alumni Board, Wendy Kelley, and Taryn Coles.

Symetra CEO to Speak

Margaret Meister, President and CEO of Symetra, will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 9th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium. The theme of her presentation will be, “Growth through Transformation: Leading a business through change.” Symetra provides retirement plans, employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through independent distributors. Once owned by Berkshire Hathaway, its parent firm is now Sumitomo Life.

Holly Takes Role at CETL

Holly Ferraro has been appointed as the next Associate Director for Faculty Professional Development in the SU Center for Faculty Development (CETL).

Vita Inclinata Named PSBJ Innovator of the Year

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named Vita Inclinata the 2019 Innovator of the Year. Vita was the 2018 Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition winner and since then has gone on to win competitions at other universities around the nation.

Finance students win CFA Institute Research Challenge

A team of Albers finance students took first place in the CFA Institute Research Challenge regional competition and advanced to the Americas Regional competition. They will be heading to New York City to present their research at the Americas final in April. SU has won the regional competition in seven of the last 10 years. The students who are representing SU in this year's Challenge are Arshak Ghazaryan (Finance), Haley Hayes (Accounting and Finance), Stanley Madjukie (MS in Finance), and Alicia Younker (Finance). Katya Emm is the faculty advisor for the team.

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.

Gleed Chair for 2019-20

Fr. Sundborg has appointed Dr. Werner De Bondt from DePaul University as the Thomas F. Gleed Endowed Chair of Business Administration for 2019-20. Werner is the Founding Director of the Driehaus Center for Behavioral Finance at DePaul and a Professor of Finance. He is a luminary in the field of behavioral finance and one of its founders, studying the psychology of investors and financial markets. Werner’s publications have appeared in some of the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the American Economic Review. He is a frequent speaker to academics and investment professionals around the globe. His PhD is from Cornell University, and among his other degrees is an MBA from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

New Undergrad Advisor

Stephen Johnson has joined Albers as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor, replacing Liz Hammond-Moenig. Stephen has more than ten years of student advising experience at Cal Berkeley, UW, University Prep, and Edmonds CC. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Cal Berkeley, where he played basketball before starting a ten-year professional basketball career in Europe.

Microsoft CFO and Accolade CEO to Join Speaker Series

Amy Hood, CFO of Microsoft, will be joining the Albers Executive Speaker Series on May 12th, 2020. She has been with Microsoft since 2002 and has served as CFO since 2013.

Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade, will be appearing in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on January 22nd, 2020. Accolade is a personalized health and benefits solution that addresses outcomes and cost of healthcare for employers, health plans and their members. Raj previously co-founded Concur, which was sold to SAP.

Family Business Exchange Features Women Family Business Leaders

On March 13th, the Family Business Exchange hosted a panel of women leaders in family businesses. The panel included Kendall Anderagg, President of Mutual Materials, Jasmine Donovan, VP at Dick's Drive In, current LEMBA student Carmen LaPonte, Quality Sewing co-owner, and Albers alumna Petra Hilleberg, CEO of The Hilleberg Group. Holly Ferraro organizes the FBE.

Bridge MBA Cracks Top 25

MBA 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:

MSBA Ranked #15 in the Nation ranks our MS in Business Analytics number 15 in the nation for Master’s degrees in data science, and #2 on the west coast behind UC Berkeley.

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.

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.

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.

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