Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) has announced the appointment of James Padilla, J.D., as dean of the newly established Francis J. Noonan School of Business. Padilla will join Loras July 9.
“I look forward to helping equip and prepare Loras’ transformative instructors for the challenges of an ever-changing educational and business landscape,” Padilla said.
As dean, Padilla will oversee the Business School’s curriculum, strategic planning, supervise faculty, develop business relationships, sponsorships and internships, facilitate student recruitment and coordinate and participate in fundraising efforts.
Padilla comes to Loras from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, where he served as associate dean/associate professor of its School of Business Administration. Prior to that, he was an associate professor at the Tiffin (Ohio) University School of Business and was dean there for two years, assistant professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley (Michigan) State University, assistant professor at Ball State University’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Munice, Indiana; assistant professor at University of Saint Francis’ Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and a lecturer at Ivy Tech State College, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Padilla received his undergraduate degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University. He received his juris doctorate at Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois and an executive certificate in sports management from Loyola University at Chicago.
Originally from the Chicago area, Padilla is an expert in the athlete disability insurance field. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with players, coaches, agents, financial advisors and professional teams in regards to properly protecting themselves and their assets. He later merged his own insurance firm with Braman Insurance, Merrillville, Indiana, but still serves as a consultant for Braman.