Abol Jalilvand, Ph.D.
I am a visionary and collaborative leader with 30 years of global senior academic and administrative experience. I have held positions as Dean at two major U.S. and Canadian universities. As Dean of the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago, 2005-2011, and the incoming holder of the Ralf Marotta Chair in Free Enterprise, I have positioned Quinlan among the leading Schools of Business in the United States and as a premier undergraduate program in Chicago. Undergraduate and graduate programs have consistently achieved positive ranking results from diverse sources including Business Week, US News & World Report, and the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey. Through the implementation of a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan, Quinlan has achieved a significant growth in enrollment, increasing tuition revenues by over 80%. Under my leadership, a successful MBA in Healthcare Management was launched through a partnership between Quinlan and the schools of Law, Medicine, and Nursing. Quinlan also partnered with the School of Law to launch the Center for Integrated Risk Management and Corporate Governance, funded by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
At Loyola, I established a comprehensive and targeted recruitment strategy that hired 22 full-time faculty members. My emphasis on building global relationships led to the creation of degree and certificate programs in Europe, Asia, and plans for South America. I achieved re-accreditation for Quinlan and, separately, for its Accounting and Business Law program, from the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). I have led an $85 million comprehensive capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art building and attract new endowments. To date, over $30 million has been secured in support of this campaign.
Previously, as Dean of Faculty of Management, 1999-2005, and holder of the Herbert S. Lamb Chair in Business Education at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, I led an interdisciplinary faculty consisting of four diverse schools: Business Administration, Public Administration, Library and Information Studies, and Resource and Environmental Studies. I established a vision to integrate faculty and curricula among the four schools, providing students with a broad educational and scholarly experience which transcended disciplinary barriers. I achieved accreditation for both the School of Business Administration and the School of Library and Information Studies. I also led the development of a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan achieving a significant growth in enrollment, hiring over 20 full-time faculty members and completing a successful fund-raising campaign for a $25 million new building and multi-million dollar naming opportunities.
I began my academic career at the School of Business Administration at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. I received my PhD in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and a BA in Banking from the Iranian Institute of Banking. My scholarly work in corporate debt structure, risk management and public policy, asset valuation, cost of capital, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and international capital flows have appeared in top refereed journals and major academic conferences. Professionally, I have been Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science and President, AACSB Mid-Continent East Conference. I have testified on behalf of public and private companies on fair rate-of-return on equity and asset valuation before national and regulatory agencies.