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Leadership Team

The leadership team at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas is committed to advancing the mission of the college – to develop effective, principled business leaders who think globally, act ethically and create enduring value for society.

This diverse team of deans, faculty chairs and advisory board members work together to set effective strategies and build a culture that inspires excellence and innovation among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Dean Stefanie Lenway headshot.

01 Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair

Stefanie Lenway

Dean Lenway began her tenure at the Opus College of Business in 2014. Lenway is recognized as an expert in the field of international trade policy, multinational competitive strategy, and global technology innovation, and she has more than 30 years of experience as a scholar and teacher, in addition to academic leadership roles. Under Lenway’s leadership, the college renewed its strategic focus on principled leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the business of health care.  The Opus College is now embarking upon a new initiative to engage faculty, staff, and students in activities that promote business for the Common Good.
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Academic Dean Team

Senior Associate Dean in the Opus College of Business Michael J. Garrison posing for a headshot.

Michael Garrison

Senior Associate Dean

Michael J. Garrison is the Senior Associate Dean in the Opus College of Business. He is responsible for AACSB accreditation, faculty development, research initiatives, and the quality and integrity of the college’s academic programs, including assessment of student learning. He joined the college in 2005 as a professor of business law and served as the chair of the Department of Ethics and Business Law from 2007-09.
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Nakeisha Lewis

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Accelerated Master’s Programs

Nakeisha Lewis is responsible for the academic leadership of the undergraduate business and accelerated master’s programs, as well as the GHR Fellows and the Schulze Innovation Scholars programs. She came to St. Thomas in 2009 from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was a visiting professor of Marketing. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and most recently has served as Chair of the Marketing Department.

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Pat Hedberg

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Pat Hedberg oversees the operational and academic aspects of graduate degree programs, including MBA programs, specialized master’s programs, and graduate degree certificates. Pat joined St. Thomas in 1991, was tenured in 1997 and then promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. She actively consults with local organizations on leadership development, change management and team collaboration. Pat received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

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Laura Dunham

Associate Dean, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Laura Dunham drives entrepreneurship and innovation education at the Opus College in her role as Associate Dean of the Schulze School. She works with a team of faculty and staff to deliver curricular and co-curricular experiences to St. Thomas students to develop their innovative mindset. She joined St. Thomas in 2003 from the University of Virginia, where she earned her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business.

Academic Department Chairs

Strategic Board of Advisors

Jay Trumbower

COO/CFO, Boulay

Tony Brausen - Board Chair

Senior Advisor, CFO, The Mosaic Co. (Retired)

Tara Anderson

Founder and Attorney, TJA Business Law

Erik Aunan

Vice President and General Manager, Electronics Materials Solutions Division, 3M

Gregory Cash

President and CEO, Argent International

Nancy M. Dahl

CEO, IQ Strategic Partners

Philip Ebeling

Senior Consultant and Advisor, Graham Partners, LLC

Julie Gilbert

Founder, PreciouStatus

Craig Herkert

Retail Consultant, Executive Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Opus College of Business

Richard Hughes

Senior Vice President, UnitedHealth Group

Joe Keeley

Founder, College Nannies & Sitters

Roger Lacey

Chairman/CEO, Communications Systems Inc.

Stephanie Lee

Vice President, Carlson Commercial
Partner and Co-Founder, Marabek

Judy McNamara

Global Tax Senior Vice President, Ecolab Inc.

Shari Mohabir

Founder, MohKsha

Clarence Nunn

Southeast Segment Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Claire Powell

CEO/Advisory Board Member/Coach

Matthew Rauenhorst

Vice President and General Manager, Opus Development Company, LLC

Preston Simons

CIO, Aurora Health Care, Inc. (Retired)

Katie Szyman

Corporate Vice President, Edwards Lifesciences

Ellen Valde

Managing Partner, PwC Denver