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Passionate Teachers, Researchers & Professionals

Our Faculty

Learn From the Experts

Our award-winning faculty have extensive business experience and are engaged in research and consulting, which they use to enrich the classroom experience. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to advance in their fields with articles, books, academic presentations, business cases and professional projects. As a student at the St. Thomas Opus College of Business, you will experience engaged, passionate teachers who are excited to share their expertise and help you meet your academic goals.

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Leading a Business Through Turmoil

The idea is that by taking risks, you learn a lot about yourself and how to do it better the next time.
Leading a Business Through Turmoil

Brainstorming Sustainability Solutions

St. Thomas faculty and students brainstorm sustainability solutions for Metro Transit of Minnesota.
Brainstorming Sustainability Solutions

Leaders in Business Ethics

We have one of the largest and most prestigious business ethics faculty in the U.S

Strength in Numbers

Over 90 full-time faculty members

Academic Excellence

Our faculty members have doctoral degrees from top institutions:

  • Duke University
  • Michigan State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Endowed Chairs

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Laura Dunham, PhD

Opus Chair and Dean

A renowned entrepreneurial thought leader, Laura Dunham's focus on principled leadership has defined her career. Prior to her dean appointment, she served as the associate dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, capturing national attention as the school rose to become a top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship program In the country.

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Peter Young, PhD

3M Endowed Chair in Global Business

Peter Young is responsible for global business education initiatives at St. Thomas, in addition to overseeing the MBA courses and non-degree programs in risk management.

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Sameer Kumar, PhD

CenturyLink Chair in Global Communications and Technology

In this position, Dr. Kumar is focused on providing research leadership and a strong commitment to teaching and service. He is also active on 10 academic journal editorial boards.

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David Deeds, PhD

S. Schulze Chair in Entrepreneurship

David Deeds’ current research interests include new venture growth and adaptation, technological discontinuities and technology commercialization. Before becoming an academic, Deeds was co-founder and president of LightSpeed Corporation.

What always amazes me about our faculty is their passion for teaching, dedication to students and commitment to active learning environments for our students. They bring together a wealth of industry knowledge, professional experience, research expertise, and teaching acumen to provide our students with a relevant and rigorous course of study, all for the noble purpose of inspiring and developing principled business leaders. I am quite proud to be part of such a caring and engaged community of teacher-scholars.

Michael Garrison, Senior Associate Dean