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Quinlan School of Business


Retiring Faculty at Quinlan

Retiring Faculty at Quinlan

Pictured from far left: Professor Jasmine Tata, Professor James Zydiak, Professor John Boatright, and Professor George Kaufman. Images courtesy of LUC Archives.

Four distinguished Quinlan professors are set to retire at the end of the semester. They are listed as follows:

  • Jasmine Tata, associate professor of management
  • John Boatright, Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., professor of business ethics
  • James Zydiak, associate professor of information systems and supply chain
  • George Kaufman, John F. Smith professor of economics and finance

Read on to learn more about them and their individual contributions to the Quinlan School of Business. 

Jasmine Tata

Start date: 07/06/1995

Professor Tata has taught management courses such as organizational management, gender and diversity, and team management. Throughout her time at Quinlan, she’s made it a priority to establish valuable connections with her students and fellow colleagues.

Her research on key topics in management has been published in notable peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Management, the Journal of International Business, and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship. Upon retirement, Tata hopes to travel and continue exploring different cultural and organizational systems.

Tata holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Syracuse University.

John Boatright

Start date: 08/17/1994

Professor Boatright says his proudest moment in his career came back in 1994, when he received the inaugural appointment of the Baumhart Business Ethics Chair, named in honor of Father Baumhart who was president of Loyola from 1970 to 1993. And for the past 23 years, he has served the business school and its students and with a strong commitment to ethics and always doing what is right.

Boatright has also served as the inaugural director of Quinlan’s Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility. His work was formally recognized back in 2012, when he was honored by the Society for Business Ethics for a “career of outstanding service to the field of business ethics.”

Outside of the classroom, he’s authored two textbooks: Ethics and the Conduct of Business and Ethics in Finance, and serves on the editorial boards of Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Business and Society Review. Upon retirement, Boatright says he will continue his life’s work in business ethics as it brings him great joy and fulfillment.

Boatright holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

James Zydiak

Start date08/18/1988

Professor Zydiak has taught supply chain courses including Management of Service Operations, Logistics in the Global Economy, and Operations Management.

His research on key topics in supply chain has been published in notable peer reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics, the Journal of Business logistics, and the Engineering economist. And back in 1998, he was named the Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year for the Quinlan School of Business.

Zydiak holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University.

George Kaufman

Start date: 01/01/1981

Professor Kaufman is the John F. Smith professor of economics and finance at Loyola University Chicago and a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. And while at Quinlan, he’s made a lasting impact on the field of finance, his students, and former colleagues as evidenced from the heavily attended Public Policy and Financial Economics Conference back in November that was held in honor of his forthcoming retirement.

From 1959 to 1970, he was at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and after teaching for ten years at the University of Oregon, he returned as a consultant to the Bank in 1981. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Southern California, as well as a visiting scholar at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

He has served as the deputy to the assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is co-editor of the Journal of Financial Stability; a founding co-editor of the Journal of Financial Services Research; past president of the Western Finance Association, Western Economic Association, Midwest Finance Association, and the North American Economics and Finance Association; past director of the American Finance Association; and co-chair of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.

He has been published widely in academic journals and books. Kaufman holds a PhD in economics from the University of Iowa.