The Leadership Institute at Franciscan University

The Leadership Institute at Franciscan University forms highly skilled Catholic leaders to be witnesses of truth, reason, and virtue in the marketplace, in the Church, and in the broader culture. God calls each person to identify and pursue his or her special talents with passion and then to embrace leadership roles in science, technology, business, nursing, education, or other career fields, as well as in family life, religious life, the priesthood, or Church ministry. The Leadership Institute helps you answer that call by forming you in leadership craft illuminated by Franciscan virtues and Catholic social teaching.

The Leadership Institute also complements and enhances the work of Franciscan’s Center for Leadership, a separate, four-year program organized around weekly seminars and on-campus student leadership roles that provides leadership training for a select group of undergraduates.

Leadership Institute Highlights

The Leadership Institute inspires students, faculty, staff, and friends of Franciscan University to serve as authentic, joyful, Catholic leaders in their chosen professions and vocations through:

  • An executive leadership speaker series featuring extraordinary servant leaders who share their insights with tomorrow’s leaders.
  • New academic programming and research in leadership craft, entrepreneurship, and the dignity of the worker.
  • Forums to help business executives develop leadership skills and effectiveness grounded in Catholic teaching and Christian virtues.
  • Special topic courses taught by distinguished visiting faculty and fellows.
  • An Entrepreneurship Minor Program (launching fall 2022) to address the growing interest and needs of students who seek to start their own businesses, non-profits, and social entrepreneurship ventures.
Proposed Academic Program Offerings

Business majors and non-business majors alike can minor in entrepreneurship starting in fall 2022. Courses focusing on the financial, accounting, and marketing abilities needed to create, maintain, and grow a new business will help budding entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs develop the mindset and skills necessary for success.

All the areas of study will draw on the Catholic worldview and social teaching to inspire you to honor human dignity while attaining your goals.

Prospective courses within the Entrepreneurship Minor Program include Managing Growth Ventures, New Venture Finance, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship, and more.


Forming Catholic Leaders and Entrepreneurs

For more information, email Doug Perry, Executive Director of The Leadership Institute.
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“Executive Leadership as a Vocation”

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend.

Dan Vansteenberg
CEO and Owner
Spin the Planet Enterprises
“Franciscan Decision Making”

Doug Perry
Executive Director
Leadership Institute at Franciscan University
“Courage, Humility, and Ethical Leadership”

Terry O’Day
Chief Supply Chain Officer (Ret.)
The Hershey Company
“Good Leadership Builds on Good Teamwork”

Chris Wright
Global Solution Leader
“Caring for Your People”

Karen D’Anniballe
Jefferson Security Services
“Staying Grounded in Business”

Janet Owens
Director of Customer Experience
EQT Midstream
“Breaking Open the STEM Network”

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Executive Director
Department of Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics

The Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville provides an educational experience that is unlike any other. At Franciscan University, you’ll gain keen business acumen as well as the Catholic ethical formation necessary to stand out as a business leader. With six major degree areas and multiple minors to choose from, business students have the world at their fingertips.