Kathy Lund Dean Named Distinguished Endowed Chair in Leadership and Ethics

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 by

Dr. Kathy Lund Dean

Dr. Kathy Lund Dean, Professor of Management at Idaho State University, has been named the inaugural holder of the Board of Trustees Distinguished Endowed Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College. The position was created when six members of the Board of Trustees anonymously pledged $5 million for two endowed faculty positions in September 2010.

“Dr. Lund Dean is someone with a national and international reputation who will work internally and externally as a leader in helping the College build a stronger academic program,” President Jack R. Ohle said. “The Distinguished Endowed Chair in Leadership and Ethics represents a tremendous gift to and investment in Gustavus Adolphus College. We express our sincere gratitude to the six Board of Trustees members for making this position possible.”

Dr. Lund Dean earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and French from the University of Notre Dame, her master’s degree in management from Aquinas College, and her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and ethics classics from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Lund Dean has been active on the research and governance side of the Academy of Management, the premier professional association in management, for 14 years. She is currently serving on the Academy’s Ethics Education Committee, and has a deep history of serving the Academy’s Management, Spirituality & Religion interest group, of which she is a co-founder. She also serves as Editor of the teaching section of the Academy’s blog, The ETHICIST.

Dr. Lund Dean has worked for the Journal of Management Education for 11 years, serving as Associate Editor since 2003. She has been involved with the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society since 2001 and spent three years on its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010.

Her research has appeared in a wide variety of management journals and she has been invited to present her research all over the world. Her awards and honors include the Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching & Learning Award (2011), the Journal of Management Inquiry “Breaking the Frame” Award (2009), the Journal of Management Education Fritz Roethlisberger Memorial Award (2009), an Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (2009), and the Outstanding Service Award (2009), the Outstanding Teacher Award (2006), and the Outstanding Research Award (2005) from the Idaho State University College of Business.

Her teaching experience includes a five-year stint at Saint Louis University (1997-2002), and 10 years at Idaho State University, where she started as an assistant professor in 2002 before being promoted to full professor in 2009.

Before entering her Ph.D. program, Dr. Lund Dean spent time in bank management and as a small business owner of a commercial manufacturing company. Currently, in addition to her work at Idaho State University, Dr. Lund Dean performs executive coaching and strategic planning consulting for community not-for-profit groups and healthcare organizations.

While Dr. Lund Dean will be housed in the Department of Economics and Management, the scope of her position is such that her presence will be felt campus-wide and beyond. Her internal responsibilities will include building academic courses, coaching and mentoring colleagues on publication opportunities, and building opportunities for student research and experiential learning. Her external responsibilities will include engaging with members of the Board of Trustees, engaging businesses to create student internship opportunities, and working with the College’s Center for Servant Leadership to create opportunities for students to work on projects in the community.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Gustavus community,” Dr. Lund Dean said. “When I visited campus I could tell that there are a lot of exciting and forward thinking ideas taking place. There are jewels of performance and vision all over the campus. One of the exciting parts of my job will be making connections, helping people see the synergies, building upon what the College is already doing, and moving the College forward.”

Dr. Lund Dean will officially begin her duties at Gustavus on July 1, 2012. She is married to her husband Dan and the couple has two sons.


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  1. Shelly Peterson, Management '12 says:

    I am very excited that Dr. Lund Dean will be coming to Gustavus! I had the pleasure of listening and interacting with her at the lecture she gave as part of the interview process. She will be a great addition to the Economics and Management Department, as well as to the whole of Gustavus!! I wish that I would be here in the fall to see what she can do with the Department, but I am very happy that she was the candidate selected. Way to Go Gustavus and Welcome Dr. Lund Dean!!

  2. Pastor Rod Anderson says:

    Dear Dr. Lund Dean,

    How thrilled I am to learn of your selection and acceptance for this important new position teaching ethical leadership in the College! Of equal excitement is the story of philanthropic leadership that invited the gifts that made it possible and the Board leadership that worked collegially to collect the considerable resources to make it a reality!! ( I’m a Pastor so of course I have an appreciation for collections!) I served as a
    Trustee and I remember clearly the day of the announcement of this new Endowed Chair at the Board meeting! It was a great moment!

    I resigned from the Board to accept a two year assignment as Gustavus Interim Senior Chaplain and I will be completing my first year at the time I welcome you to the College in July! I pray God’s best as you come to be with us! Pastor Rod Anderson