Lourdes welcomes new business chairman, hybrid programWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lourdes College is offering a hybrid version of its Master of Organizational Leadership program this fall.
The original program was designed for traditional students who could commute one night a week to the college campus in Sylvania. The hybrid version allows businesspeople and students outside commuting distance or who work during the evenings to enroll in the program.
The hybrid program will meet on campus two Saturdays for eight hours each day during the seven-week fall term. The remainder of the course can be completed online, according to Keith Ramsdell, director of graduate admissions.
“It will significantly benefit professionals who want to pursue their masters degrees at Lourdes but couldn’t.
“We are still accepting applications for the fall program,” Ramsdell said.
Chrys Peterson, news anchor for WTOL, is enrolled for the fall term.
“The weeknight classes just didn’t work for my schedule, but I was excited to learn about the Saturday class, which works better for me and my family, as well as a lot of people in the same situation,” Peterson said.
The hybrid program is just one way Dean Ludwig, the new chairman of Business Leadership Studies, is making Lourdes more accessible.
Formerly, two separate programs, business and leadership, were combined into a single department under Ludwig’s direction for the upcoming academic year.
“Business and leadership will play an important role in the future with aggressive opportunities for growth,” he said. “We want business to grow along with the college’s goal to become a university.”
Business students comprise 20 percent of the 3,000 student population at Lourdes. Ludwig foresees that growing to 30 percent in the future.
Enhancing the interaction between the business programs at Lourdes and the local business community is a primary goal of Ludwig, who has both an academic and business background.
Ludwig helped to establish the Center for Family Business at UT. He served on the UT College of Business faculty in marketing and business management for 10 years and directed the university’s business honors program.
Ludwig earned his MBA and Ph.D. at the Wharton School of Business and studied theology at the University of California at Berkeley. He served at John Carroll University and spent 12 years as a member of the Jesuit religious order before leaving for the business world.
“My corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial experience in the private, nonprofit and public service sectors will help achieve our goals for business growth at Lourdes,” he said.
Ludwig worked at The Andersons, where he managed a new product launch for the company. He served as vice president of sales and marketing for a former subsidiary of the Sauder Woodworking Company in Archbold.
He later established Dean Ludwig Furnituremaker Ltd., designing and building custom wood furniture.
Ludwig said that he “was looking for the right opportunity to get back into academia, wanting to work with ideas and people.”
“I love to teach and plan to teach some business courses here,” he said. “The mission-driven character at Lourdes is why I came here. It’s all about the care of the whole person — intellectually, emotionally and spiritually — in this terrific academic atmosphere.”
Lourdes was recently named among the “10 Great Colleges To Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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