Scholar-in-residence named chair of association's business leadership group

Scholar-in-residence named chair of association's business leadership group
January 22, 2010

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James Gustafson, Ph.D., the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence and Director of Executive Education Programs at Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership, has been named the chair-elect of the Business Leadership Division of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the world’s premier academy of leadership scholars and researchers. Gustafson came to Benedictine from U.S. Cellular, where he was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research and Organization Development. Gustafson has more than 20 years of successful organization development, sales, marketing, operations, leadership development, channel management and general management experience in public and private companies. Gustafson consults, speaks and writes on a variety of topics, including Socially Responsible Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, Corporate Social Responsibility, Organizational and Team Effectiveness, and Servant-Leadership Development. A graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology who earned a master’s from the University of Redlands and a Ph.D. from Benedictine University, Gustafson holds leadership positions in several professional organizations and serves as Executive Director of Hope’s Servant-Leader Development Initiative. Based at the University of Maryland’s James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, the ILA is the largest international and inter-disciplinary membership organization devoted solely to the study and development of leadership and embraces academics, practitioners, consultants, private industry, public leaders, not-for-profit organizations and students.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.