LEAD Conference: SJU Receives Awards Honoring Haub School Management Programs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (February 21, 2018) — Saint Joseph’s University recently announced that three Department of Management programs in the Haub School of Business have received awards from the annual HR.com-sponsored LEAD conference, held in Salt Lake City, Feb. 7-8.

The undergraduate leadership, ethics, and organizational sustainability (LEO) program won first place out of 100 universities for Best Degree Program with Emphasis on Leadership Development; the undergraduate managing human capital (MHC) program won second place out of 150 universities for Best Degree Program with Emphasis on HR; and the M.S. in strategic human resource management (MS-SHRM) won second place out of 150 universities for Best Master’s Degree with an Emphasis on HR.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these programs and the Haub School of Business,” says Joseph DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70, dean of the Haub School of Business. “It affirms our programs’ strength and standing among competitive universities nationwide.”

For the past 35 years, the LEAD conference, formerly known as Leadership Excellence Awards, has identified and recognized the top universities for their praiseworthy performances in various degree and certificate programs, specializing in helping organizations improve leadership training and employee development programs through workshops, discussions and work with guest speakers.

“In our LEO program, students learn thoughtful, real-world leadership for the four bottom lines: people, planet, profit and purpose,” explains Eric Patton, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of management. “We aim to develop leaders who will be adept at considering multiple perspectives, and able to balance the needs of various stakeholders in a complex organization ecosystem."

While some graduates of this program pursue careers in non-profit organizations and sustainability positions within corporations, many others bring lessons learned to companies across multiple industries.

“In today’s corporate environment, with constant changes in technology, global competition and government regulation, managing human capital is vital to the success of an organization,” says Patton. “We stress that while people management is central, it is not the sole responsibility of an HR department. As such, the MHC program has emerged as a very popular double major or minor."

Patton adds that the MS-SHRM program has transformed into an entirely online experience, and serves HR professionals seeking a specialized master’s degree from an AACSB accredited business school. Its curriculum is relevant to individuals at varying stages of their careers.

“Our focus is always giving the best to our students, and the people I spoke to were very interested and impressed with what we are doing with our programs,” Patton notes. “Both the LEO and MHC undergraduate programs are relatively new, and this recognition helps validate the more targeted approach of our course offerings in the department.”


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