Arlington Heights cleric earns DePaul University's honor

  • Br. Leo Ryan, CSV, of Arlington Heights, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by DePaul University president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM.

    Br. Leo Ryan, CSV, of Arlington Heights, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by DePaul University president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM. Courtesy of Clerics of St. Viator

 
Submitted by Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, Clerics of St. Viator
Posted6/26/2013 3:05 PM

At DePaul University's recent graduation, officials acknowledged the impact of a Viatorian brother on the growth of their business college and its role in creating ethical business leaders.

DePaul's president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, CM, awarded Br. Leo Ryan, CSV, of Arlington Heights, a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree, a first for a former faculty member.

 

Ryan served as dean of DePaul University's College of Commerce -- known today as the Driehaus College of Business -- from 1980-1988, before continuing to serve as a professor of management until 1999.

In remarks made at the commencement ceremony, Holtschneider credited Ryan with helping to transform the business college into a nationally ranked and internationally known institution. He pointed to key programs created by Ryan, including the School of Accountancy, the Institute for Business Ethics, the Kellstadt Marketing Research Center and the first endowed professorships in entrepreneurship and finance.

They also credit him with adding faculty and new graduate programs in association management, business ethics, entrepreneurship, international business and management information systems, which helped to elevate the business college.

Finally, they pointed to Ryan's formation of the College of Commerce Advisory Council, saying that it fostered channels of communication between DePaul and Chicago businesses, industries and various professions.

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These vital links, Holtschneider said, have enhanced the university's ability to contribute meaningfully to the city's business future.

For more information, visit: www.viatorians.com.

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