'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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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