Take 5 with Karyl B. Leggio

By Magazine Staff  |  Photo by Peter Howard
Karyl Leggio

Karyl B.Leggio, dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management, couldn’t have arrived at Loyola at a more exciting time.

On the heels of the most successful fundraising initiative in university history and as Loyola launches a bold strategic plan, Leggio encounters a unique opportunity. Previously associate dean for academic programs and an associate professor of finance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Leggio takes the reins of a business school on the move.Now a few months into the job, she has outlined her key initiatives for her first year.

1. Transformative Hiring

By the start of the Fall 2009 semester, we will have seven new faculty members on board. These additional colleagues have the potential to be transformative for The Sellinger School. They will provide new research, new ways of leading and new ways of thinking about how we educate so that we stay on top of what our students and their eventual employers expect and need for career success. We recently hired a development director, Chris Haley, and will be adding an associate dean to serve as chief operating officer for the school, as well as a communications specialist. These new colleagues will help to improve our internal operations and raise Sellinger’s profile on the national education stage.

2. Accreditation—Again

The Sellinger School is among just eight percent of universities worldwide with dual accreditation in business and accounting from the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting body. We will be working towards our re-accreditation during the next two years. This process encourages us to celebrate our successes, but also take a critical look at our programs. Student assessment is very important. We need to think about our learning goals, whether our students’ outcomes are where we want them to be, and what changes we might need to make to enhance student learning. Our initial assessment data is quite strong; we use this information to make curricular decisions that we believe ultimately contribute to student success.

3. Curriculum Development

There’s a whole new paradigm for how we think about business education today. In the last century, we’ve seen the global markets evolve from an agrarian economy to manufacturing to today’s knowledge-based businesses. Our programs have to change in concert with the business world. We review curriculum continuously, and we’re looking at revamping majors, creating new concentrations, establishing an MBA program for young professionals, and changing the prerequisites for our graduate students so we can be sure to attract top-caliber students and best prepare them for today’s business landscape.

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1 Comment

  • Posted by Nicole Ortiz | October 15, 2009

    Great article– I am very much looking forward to how Dean Leggio makes her mark at Sellinger.

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