'Jesuit' is the Focus of New Student Business Alliance

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (February 4, 2014) — With a 400-year tradition, the value of a Jesuit business education has withstood the test of time. There are currently 1.9 million alumni, representing 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, throughout the United States. Graduates include former governors, a CIA director, and scores of authors, CEOs and entrepreneurs.

In an effort to mobilize this powerful network, a group of Saint Joseph's University students in the Haub School of Business recently formalized a national organization for Jesuit business students. Knows as the Jesuit Business Student Alliance (JBSA), this group includes student representatives from many of the nation's Jesuit colleges and universities. The leaders plan to meet annually and develop a career website to broaden participants' networking potential.

So what is it that distinguishes a Jesuit business education from other schools?

Patrick O'Brien, associate dean of the Haub School of Business, says Jesuit business students receive more than just a solid foundation in business. "Our students' education is enhanced by Jesuit values," says O'Brien, who worked with the Saint Joseph's undergraduate students in their effort. "They learn to strive for excellence, develop critical thought and responsible action, and contribute to the communities in which they live and work."

“While students can currently access their university's career websites, the creation of a national Jesuit student and alumni network really broadens networking potential," says Jack McWilliams ’16, a family business and entrepreneurship major, who represents the Haub School of Business student body along with Colleen Cruice ’15, a pharmaceutical & healthcare marketing major. "We're also hopeful this initiative will expose students to opportunities on a national level.”

To learn more about the Jesuit Student Business Organization, please contact Patrick O’Brien at patrick.obrien@sju.edu.

Media Contact

Carolyn Steigleman, Marketing Communications | Haub School of Business, csteigle@sju.edu or 610-660-1355


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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