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Accelerating Success

Investing in Business Education

Aligning passion with purpose accelerates success. Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business has long combined Jesuit values with world-class academics to produce ethical leaders whose entrepreneurial spirit enhances their communities.

As an essential component in SLU’s success, we aim to strengthen our business education programs as part of our drive to elevate SLU’s national profile. With funding from Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University, we will create an innovative learning environment that challenges students to think creatively and strategically in a technology-intensive and innovation-based global economy.

Learn more about our focus on business education.

The Campaign In Action: Business Education

An east-facing aerial photo of Cook Hall in evening light in autumn.

SLU has 29 graduate and professional programs ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 100.

A north-facing aerial view of Chaifetz School of Business, with Cupples House in the foreground..

The school's MBA program was ranked 77th in Poets&Quants 2021-2022 MBA program rankings. 

Tricia Bagsby, Ph.D.

Tricia Bagsby, Ph.D., the Medart Endowed Clinical Professor in Family Business in the Chaifetz School of Business, was named to the 2021 list.

Lewis Sheats

Lewis Sheats assumed the role in November.

Headshot of Marc Painter, Ph.D.

An assistant professor of finance at Saint Louis University, Painter's research uses innovative data sources to see finance trends in a different way.

Cook Hall on SLU"s Midtown campus

The Donald L. Ross Entrepreneurship Opportunity Fund, will be used to start programs and initiatives that will promote the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship and its activities. 

Chaifetz School outdoor sign

In total, U.S. News & World Report ranked five of the Chaifetz School's programs in the Top 50 for 2021

Dr. Gupta

Barnali Gupta, Ph.D., has been selected as the next Edward Jones Dean for the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University.

Chaiftez School of Business

Poets & Quants ranked The Chaifetz School as No. 60 for Outcomes and No. 72 overall in the nation.

Patricia Bagsby, Ph.D.

Donor support allows SLU to attract and retain world-class faculty like Patricia Bagsby, Ph.D. She holds the Medart Professorship in Family Business, a new position in SLU's Chaifetz School of Business created by a gift to the campaign.


Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., leads SLU's effort to use big data to improve educational outcomes and workforce development in St. Louis.

Cook Hall

 Entrepreneurship programs at Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business are among the best in the country, according to recent rankings from the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Michael Podgursky, Ph.D.

Podgursky’s hiring is an important step as SLU aims to attract world-class faculty to deepen academic excellence and enhance its business education programs – both key goals of Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University.

Dr. Pestello

SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., served as a panelist for a symposium co-organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), a London-based independent think tank.