Lisle, Illinois ~ Student learning and success is Benedictine University's first priority. The extraordinary growth of the College of Business has created the need for a new academic building that will advance the University's partnerships with universities and corporations around the world and attract top-tier students, educators, speakers and business leaders.
On Wednesday, April 23, construction crews paused as Benedictine University trustees, administrators and staff gathered to mark the beginning of a new chapter in the University's history and bless the ground where the new Daniel L.Goodwin Hall of Business will rise.
Named in honor of Goodwin, a longtime University supporter and member of Benedictine's Board of Trustees, the high-tech, four-story building will be located adjacent to Kindlon Hall on the University's main campus in Lisle.
"We are pleased to announce that this will be called the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. The naming of this building is about Dan's contributions to education, but more particularly it is about his service to this community over the last two decades," said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D.
"My message is simple – I thank God that I have been in a position to help," said Goodwin, who attended the blessing ceremony.
In addition to classrooms, study areas, offices and a 600-seat auditorium to facilitate lectures by leading business thinkers, the building will house the college's internationally-recognized doctoral programs in Organization Development and Values-Driven Leadership.
"The new academic building will provide us with cutting-edge amenities and second-to-none facilities," said Charlie Gregory, executive vice president of Benedictine University. "We believe that offering our students greatly improved learning facilities and academic programs that are relevant is the right thing to do.
"We want to improve their college experience and create an atmosphere where they can grow as students and as people," he added.
The College of Business at Benedictine University gives students the tools to have a transformative experience in the business world. The College prepares global leaders through a values-centered approach to business education, incorporating the development of fundamental management, ethical and socially responsible leadership, and critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
The College is constantly exploring new majors with real-world applications, like undergraduate majors in Business Analytics and Business with Science Applications and graduate programs in Taxation and Business Analytics. Benedictine's M.B.A. program is ranked the fifth-largest in the Chicago area by Crain's Chicago Business.
Students have access to weekly job and internship opportunities and a dozen annual career development events. Classes and academic clubs develop career competence in real-world projects that give back to communities. Five academic clubs engage students with alumni and other professionals for career networking and professional growth.
The unique learning opportunities offered by the College of Business have led to unparalleled growth – both in programs and enrollment. Since the initial class of 39 business students graduated from the University a little more than 40 years ago, more than 10,000 students have graduated with business degrees and nearly 2,000 are currently enrolled in the College's various programs.
More than 90 percent of College of Business alumni say their degree positively impacted their job, that Benedictine values impacted their lives, and that they were satisfied with their Benedictine educational experience.
Alumni are employed as managers and executives in accounting, tax services, banking and financial services, consumer goods, electronics, education, health care, technology, telecommunications, insurance, manufacturing, market research, sales and marketing.
The new Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2015. Live streaming of the construction progress is available here:
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.