On August 1, Dayle Smith, dean of LMU College of Business Administration, was appointed president of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) after serving a two-year term as president-elect. IAJBS is an international network of academic leaders with a focus on the creation and transmission of scholarship and knowledge to prepare students for business leadership in a global economy.
“I am very excited about taking on this new leadership role to build bridges across the globe and share best practices around Jesuit business education,” said Smith. “With a renewed commitment to the Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education, the opportunities for strengthening collaboration and developing new opportunities have never been greater.”
Serving on advisory boards and staying active in associations enables Smith to bring new ideas and perspectives back to LMU and live the CBA mission of “advancing knowledge and developing business leaders with moral courage and creative confidence to be a force for good in the global community.”
Over the next two years, Smith aims to strengthen relationships, collaboration, and coordination among Jesuit business schools affiliated with IAJBS and CJBE (Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education). She will lead the development of a new strategic plan for IAJBS with input from schools across the globe on how to achieve an inspired shared vision and build partnerships to make a societal impact.
At the recent IAJBS World Forum in Seville, Spain, Smith was asked how Jesuit business schools can prepare for the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.
“First and foremost, it’s important for schools to stay true to their Jesuit mission and advocate for business as a force for good. At LMU, we use the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to prepare our students to be ethical leaders with entrepreneurial perspectives. The business leaders of tomorrow will need to wear many hats to meet the needs of various stakeholders, and have the ability to adapt to a changing business landscape.”
IAJBS was formally established in 1995 by John Wholihan, former dean of LMU College of Business Administration, and Tom Bausch, former dean of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. Wholihan served as the association’s first president.