James Padilla, J.D.
Francis J. Noonan School of Business Dean
563.588.7405 | james.padilla@loras.edu
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Loras College, 2018
B.A., Northern Illinois University, 1992
J.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1996
Executive Certificate, Loyola University at Chicago, 2002


Dean Padilla is the first Dean in the history of the Francis J. Noonan School of Business, having arrived in July 2018. Prior to Loras College, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. He has served as a Professor of Sport Management and Business Law at other institutions over the past 14 years prior to his rise in administration.

His professional career spans over 20 years, during which he rose to executive leadership in the sports insurance industry serving as president of an insurance brokerage prior to entering academia. During his time in the sports insurance industry, Padilla managed numerous accounts on behalf of such organizations as Sony Recording, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, and hundreds of notable athletes. Over the years, ESPN.com, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune have interviewed Padilla for his perspective on injury and insurance issues. To this day, many continue to seek out his expert advice and he continues to serve as a consultant for Braman Insurance in Merrillville, IN.

Originally from the Chicago area and a proud graduate of St. Laurence High School (Burbank, IL), Padilla and his family now reside in Dubuque. He received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. He also received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL, and an Executive Certificate in Sports Management from Loyola University-Chicago.

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