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Brennan School of Business Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Brennan School of Business at Dominican University commemorated 40 years of business education on April 17 with the inaugural investiture of the John and Jeanne Rowe Distinguished Professorship. Al Rosenbloom, PhD, professor of marketing and international business, is the first recipient to be honored with the professorship established by John W. Rowe, chairman emeritus of Exelon Corporation, and his wife, Jeanne M. Rowe.

Founded as the Graduate School of Business, the school was renamed in 2006 as the Edward A. and Lois L. Brennan School of Business in honor of the late CEO of Sears Roebuck & Co. and his late wife, an alumna and former trustee of the university. The school was accredited in 2014 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a status accorded to only the top 5 percent of business schools in the world.

Long-time friends of the Brennans, the Rowes are significant fixtures of Chicago’s civic and philanthropy community and have supported a number of initiatives at Dominican, including the establishment of the Exelon Research Fellows program in the Brennan School and the creation of a scholarship fund for graduates of Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy attending Dominican University.

The Rowe Distinguished Professorship recognizes an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies superior, continuous contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. Al Rosenbloom has been affiliated with Dominican University for almost 15 years and served as an Exelon Research Fellow in 2009-2011. He taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Kathmandu University in Nepal and at Tsenov School of Economics in Bulgaria and is an associate of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), an international task force dedicated to creating a global platform for responsible management education. Rosenbloom has a strong research interest in exploring how corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship and marketing intersect in the least developed countries in the world, and how business can be used to alleviate poverty.  An inveterate world traveler, Rosenbloom has led Brennan students on many international residency experiences in Africa and China. He holds a doctoral degree in management education from Loyola University of Chicago.

The John and Jeanne Rowe Distinguished Professorship is a three-year appointment. The professorship is a testament to the growth and significance of the Brennan School of Business, which has been strengthened by the establishment in 2002 of the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics, funded by The Pampered Chef Founder and CEO Doris Christopher; and the Norman and Ruth Carroll Endowed Chair in Economics and Business, established in 2017 to honor the founding dean of the business school and his wife.

The school offers several signature events during the year, including the C-Suite Speaker Series, featuring top executives from leading companies such as Com Ed CEO Anna Pramaggiore and Goldman Sachs Managing Director Chris Keogh; the Edward A. Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance; and the Ethics and Leadership Lecture, featuring corporate, civic and governmental leaders such as Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, chair of the Foundation for the UN Global Compact, and Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, to address current issues of principled leadership.

For more information about the Brennan School of Business, or call (708) 524-6810.