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Stevens joins Quinlan as dean

Stevens joins Quinlan as dean

Kevin T. Stevens joined the nationally ranked business school on July 1.

Kevin T. Stevens became dean of the nationally ranked Quinlan School of Business on July 1. Stevens, who received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University, returns to Loyola from DePaul University where he served as professor of accounting, director of the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems, and director of global initiatives in the College of Business.

Stevens comes to the school at a time of growth and movement. In March, Loyola kicked off The Campaign for Quinlan, a $100 million fundraising campaign to benefit student scholarships, the school’s renowned leadership centers, and Quinlan’s new 10-story, state-of-the-art home, the Schreiber Center, which will open this fall. To date, $70 million of that goal has been raised.

“Quinlan is building momentum with a renewed focus and commitment to business education, research, and partnerships, and we are pleased to have found the right person to lead the school during this critical time,” said John Pelissero, PhD, provost of Loyola University Chicago. “We need a leader who is knowledgeable about Chicago, has strong connections to the local business community, and has the ability to strategically position Quinlan for success over the course of the next decade. We have found that leader in Kevin.”

An accomplished scholar and teacher, Stevens has held a number of faculty positions in his more than 25 years with DePaul, including the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy from 2005–2012. He also led the largest major within the university, the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems, which in his time as director grew from approximately 800 undergraduates to more than 1,200, while also securing more than $12 million in funding for the program over the past five years. His work as the director of global initiatives included responsibility for multiple masters programs in Bahrain and Qatar, the development of certificate programs for executives from China, Mexico, France, and Qatar, and the recruitment of international students.

Returning to Loyola as dean is an honor. The broad-based Jesuit education I received was instrumental in whatever success I have had in my career, and I am delighted to join a faculty and staff committed to the values-based leadership that business today is demanding,” said Stevens. “Understanding global business and having the ability to analyze and communicate the uses of ‘big data’ to make decisions will become increasingly important. But, producing leaders with a strong moral compass is what Catholic universities are particularly well-equipped to do, and upon which we should continue to focus and grow.”

In addition to his Loyola degree, Stevens attended Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center, and he earned a Master of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University, and a Doctor of Business Administration (accountancy) from the University of Kentucky. He is an ardent believer in education in the Catholic intellectual tradition and his personal experience with, and commitment to, Jesuit, Catholic education is one of the many reasons he is returning to Loyola. Stevens’s family has deep Loyola roots. His wife, Marietta, is an alumna of Loyola and the Rome Center, and the University counts the couple’s two sons as Rome Center alumni.

Next for Quinlan

Looking ahead, the Quinlan School of Business will move into the new Schreiber Center this fall. To celebrate the opening, the school will host a CEO summit and gala on September 15. The summit will also kick off the Quinlan Signature Event Series, a group of panel discussion events focused on today’s top business issues and the critical role of responsible leadership. The series will run through the 2015–16 academic year. More details will be available in the coming months.