$3 Million Contribution from Emerson Seeds New Leadership Institute at SLU
Continuing its long-term commitment to supporting ethical leadership development,
Emerson has pledged $3 million to launch the Emerson Leadership Institute within the
John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.
The funding builds on the nearly 25 year partnership between the Cook School and Emerson
and focuses on business ethics, expanding the scope and reach of the institute to
create an ethical leadership “hub” that supports impactful academic research and outreach
“Emerson is one of St. Louis’ finest corporate citizens, and Saint Louis University
has been proud to call them a supporter, partner and friend for more than a quarter
century,” said SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “This very generous contribution
demonstrates Emerson’s enduring commitment to ethical business practices and education.”
“I would like to offer special thanks to SLU Trustee Patrick J. Sly who — as the executive
vice president of Emerson and manager of the Emerson Charitable Trust — was instrumental
in making this contribution possible,” Pestello continued. “Mr. Sly is one of our
region’s most respected and engaged civic leaders, and we could not be prouder that
he is an alumnus of our University.”
The timing of the Emerson Leadership Institute launch coincides with new leadership
at the Cook School as Mark Higgins, Ph.D., became the dean at the beginning of this
year. Higgins came to SLU from the University of Rhode Island, where he served as
the dean of their business school and held the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro Inc. Leadership
“The collaboration between Emerson and the Cook School has reached a major milestone
as we launch the Emerson Leadership Institute,” said Higgins. “Through this significant
contribution and the formation of the institute, we plan to better serve the business
community in developing ethical leadership through outreach programs, executive education,
hosting events and supporting research and scholarships.”
Emerson has a long history of supporting the Cook School and other local educational
institutions that enrich the lives of citizens in our community. The learning programs
Emerson supports provide the foundation to create leaders, business managers and skilled
individuals who can thrive in the quickly-changing world of business.
“Emerson has a long-standing commitment to ethical business practices. Through our
latest collaboration with the John Cook School of Business and Saint Louis University,
we intend to further develop existing programs and bring forth new initiatives that
will prepare future leaders to enter the field of global business,” said David Farr,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emerson. “We believe the St. Louis-area business
community also will benefit significantly from the Emerson Leadership Institute’s
academic research on ethical leadership and new outreach programs.
Tim Keane, Ph.D., has been named as the Emerson Leadership Institute’s founding executive
director. As an associate professor of management and the director of the Emerson
Ethics Center, Keane was one of the chief architects of the evolved partnership between
Emerson and the Cook School.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a global leader in bringing
technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers
in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised
of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power,
Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014
were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit emerson.com.
About the John Cook School of Business
Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of
finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school
west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education,
for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought
to define business education.
Accredited by AACSB International — the premier accrediting agency for degree programs
in business — the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to
top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management.