Train Leaders

An expert in workplace creativity has been awarded the new Guyette Professorship in Responsible Leadership. Nancy Lam, assistant professor in the Graduate Business Program of the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), is the first recipient of the professorship established in 2013 by Kay and Jim Guyette ’67.

Professorships help Saint Mary’s hire and retain high-quality faculty, especially in competitive areas like accounting, finance and strategy.

“Not enough Ph.D.’s are produced in these disciplines and our salary is not as high as many of our competitors, so it’s very difficult to compete for top talent,” said Zhan Li, dean of SEBA, noting that the endowed professorship is at the top of the College’s salary scale and comes with the prestige of the endowed title.

“That combination—extra pay plus an honor—is one way we find really successful in recruiting the top talent. Recently, we hired four accounting professors. Every one of them has an endowed title. That’s one way we can compete,” he said.

As the Guyette Professor, Lam mentors seven juniors and seniors selected as Fellows for the program who learn from her and from executives at companies like Apple and PBS, as well as attend the Leadership and Diversity Conference in Los Angeles.

The Fellows will also work on solving real problems, such as a report with the College’s Center for the Regional Economy, assessing the Bay Area economy for the California Bank of Commerce. “You do not typically see this kind of project for undergraduates,” said Lam. “This will be a real tool for the bank, which has asked us to assist them with their growth goals.”

In April, Business Insider Magazine ranked Saint Mary’s undergrad business degree among the top 10 for best return on investment. The San Francisco Business Times ranks Saint Mary’s Executive M.B.A. program as the largest in the Bay Area and the Executive M.B.A. Hybrid as in the Top 25 in the Nation for Best Online M.B.A.

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