James Padilla

Loras College names James Padilla Dean of Francis J. Noonan School of Business

He previously served as associate dean/associate professor
at Marymount University

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College President Jim Collins 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.

“Dr. Padilla brings a unique blend of business and academic knowledge and experience that aligns seamlessly with our goals for the business school,” Collins said. “In addition, his proven leadership will enrich the college as a whole.”

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.

“I look forward to helping equip and prepare Loras’ transformative instructors for the challenges of an ever-changing educational and business landscape,” Padilla said.

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.

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.

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.

For more information on the Francis J. Noonan School of Business, visit www.loras.edu/schoolofbusiness.

About the Francis J. Noonan School of Business
The Francis J. Noonan School of Business’ mission is to educate students to be ethically-aware, data-informed, globally-prepared, responsible leaders. The School is named after the late Francis J. Noonan, a 43-year member of the Loras faculty, retiring in 1991 as professor emeritus. Noonan remains the longest-serving business faculty member. Visit www.loras.edu/schoolofbusiness for more information.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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