Deans, Directors, and Chairs of Leadership Ed. Programs

Deans, Directors, and Chairs Member Community plays a unique and important leadership role in higher education. We are key communicators between the executive team and the student-facing staff and faculty. We endeavor to implement our institutions' vision and values while also serving as decision-makers, advocates, mentors, and interpreters of policy. Sometimes we serve as visionaries ourselves while other times we feel constrained by regulations. This community provides the opportunity to connect with others who play this important service and administration role, to share good practices and learn how others address shared challenges. Together, we advance the ILA's mission to promote "a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide."

Priorities & Projects

  • Co-creating a collaborative community that discovers and responds to the needs of ILA members in academic leadership roles
  • Developing a private online platform for Deans, Directors, and Chairpersons of leadership programs that foster collaboration, professional mentorship, information-sharing, and problem solving
  • Connecting in person through a reception at the Annual Global Conference
  • Maintaining current information in the ILA Leadership Education Program Directory

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Community Leaders

Catherine Etmanski Stanley Ward

Catherine Etmanski
Director, School of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University

Stanley Ward
Dean, Ethical Leadership, Claremont Lincoln University

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Lisa Ruiz is Senior Director, Latin America Area Head for Regulatory Affairs, AbbVie Inc. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and regulatory industries. In her current role, she manages the development of regulatory strategies for AbbVie's entire portfolio of products, leading a team of central and affiliate staff located in and supporting the business in 25 countries within the region. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana and a Masters of Business Administration with focus on International Business from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. She is currently a doctoral student in the Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. Her interests in leadership are in design thinking, organizational change, appreciative inquiry and in helping others develop and find their own voice. ×


James (Gus) Gustafson is the Chief Learning Officer at the Tuthill Corporation and is the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (Benedictine University) – where he co-architected and teaches in the Executive Doctoral Program. He also served for the last five years as Executive Minister and Chief Transformation Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa (the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church in the USA). Prior to leading Hope, Gus was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research and Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received several awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational transformation. ×

About Sebastian Salicru

I began my career as a psychologist in 1992 by working in the area of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). This work exposed me to large number of organizations across sectors and industries, as well as local, state and federal governments. Over the years, I progressively moved into Organizational Development, and in more recent years I narrowed my focus to Leadership Development.

While working for Accenture from 2012 to 2015, I had the privilege to travel globally and assisted some of the top Fortune 500 companies to bring floundering projects back on track, manage risk, reduce costs while increasing customer service and sales, and dramatically increase levels of performance and results. As a result, I worked in Australia, USA, Europe, UAE, China and Singapore. This enabled me to acquire a global mindset, and afforded me intercultural effectiveness by being able to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds.

I have authored one book, two book chapters, three journal articles, and dozens of expert commentaries on leadership in newspapers and magazines. I have also presented multiple leadership-related papers at conferences and industry events. As a member of ILA since 2014, I have attended three Global Conferences and have presented at the three of them. ×