Santa Clara University

A Tradition of Academic Excellence at SCU:

Innovation and Service are Hallmarks of Business School

As a Jesuit business school, the Leavey School of Business educates students who will create purpose within their organizations, and its alumni are found in leadership roles in corporations and public service throughout the world. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley—one of the most dynamic business environments in the world—the school combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition with energy and innovation that are hallmarks of the region.

Accounting lecturer Steven Wade
Accounting lecturer Steven Wade was one of nine finalists for Catholic Charities USA's National Volunteer of the Year Award for his word with financial literacy programs.

The school’s excellent faculty members emphasize innovation as they integrate theory with practice in a global economy. And they also exemplify the Jesuit ideals of service to others in the community.

This past year, accounting lecturer Steven Wade was one of nine finalists for Catholic Charities USA’s National Volunteer of the Year Award. Wade was nominated for helping the individuals and families participating in Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s financial literacy programs. Wade heads a team of student volunteers who assist hundreds of clients with their taxes.

"Many of these clients are new to the country and need assistance navigating the tax regulations. He also provides free financial literacy seminars and curriculum content for other financial programs at the agency," said a Catholic Charities statement.

Catholic Charities called Wade "an exemplary mentor and role model to his students, inspiring large numbers of his students to serve those living in poverty. He has begun a tradition of services that will continue for years to come by teaching volunteers to give of themselves and make a difference in the lives of the poor."

Wade said he was glad to be nominated. "But it is far more satisfying to see the results of the work we do when our clients get badly needed refunds," added Wade. "And the students are able to exercise the spirit of compassion that the Jesuit tradition espouses. I am convinced that we cannot be competent business people if we don’t have a commitment to use our skills to make our community a better place."

Leaders in their field

Economics professors Alex Field, Kris Mitchener, and Bill Sundstrom have brought recognition to SCU for their outstanding scholarship. "Their work, especially in examining economic history as applied to issues of today, has put us on the map as one of the best economic history departments in the country," says Dean Barry Z. Posner.

Field specializes in lessons about technology and progress, Mitchner focuses on financial and economic fragility, and Sundstrom shows us what gender and race mean for our working lives. Collectively, their work assesses changes in productivity resulting from uses of technology.

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