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Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business Professor Named a Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2021

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Tricia Bagsby, Ph.D., the Medart Endowed Clinical Professor in Family Business in the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, was named a St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 for 2021.

Tricia Bagsby, Ph.D.

Tricia Bagsby, Ph.D. Photo by Christopher Polley. 

Bagsby joined the Chaifetz School of Business full-time in January of 2020, after serving in an adjunct role for several years.

“The stars aligned – this was the perfect time for me to come home to SLU,” Bagsby said. “It was the perfect role and I was alerted to the opening just before the application period closed. I got in just in time.”

Bagsby is a three-time Saint Louis University alum. She transferred to SLU as an undergrad and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certificate in human resources management.

“Dave Munz (professor emeritus of psychology) is the reason I came here,” she said. “I wanted to dig into stress and psychology and he was teaching what I needed to know.”

She went on to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial-organizational psychology.

“SLU has given me so much,” she said. “I got to do my research here, my first two babies were born while I was working on a thesis. The care and concern the faculty showed me while I was a student here were so important to me and guide me as I teach now. SLU is not a gated community; it is a place with its arms wide open.”

Bagsby’s corporate experience involved organizational consulting and working with family-owned businesses. She enjoyed working with young people and served as an adjunct faculty at SLU and Fontbonne University for several years.

She is currently serving as the interim director of the Emerson Leadership Institute. In that role, she hopes to expand the Institute’s reach beyond the walls of the Business School.

“It is so important to learn about leadership and how to navigate the ways the world works,” she said. “Everyone belong here and I’m hoping that with the CORE curriculum, we will see more students from other majors coming through. There is something for everyone here.”

She added that she was excited to work with Barnali Gupta, Ph.D., the Edward Jones Dean of the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business.

“I was blown away by her leadership,” Bagsby said. “She is a strong leader who opens the doors for her faculty to innovate and make an impact.”

Bagsby is also encouraged to see student interest in community engagement.

“This is where the mission meets the market,” she said. “We are a Jesuit institution, teaching the implications of ethical business practices. When students leave here we see that care and concern for others continue as they move into the job market.”

The Business Journal will celebrate the 40 Under 40 honorees at a reception on Nov. 18.


Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School has built a reputation as a leader in business education with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.