Timothy P. Keane named founding academic dean of Regis University’s new College of Business and Economics

April 21, 2015

DENVER – Timothy P. Keane, founding executive director of the Emerson Leadership Institute at Saint Louis University, will put 30 years of academic leadership and private sector experience to work as the founding academic dean of the new College of Business and Economics at Regis.

“We are tremendously pleased to welcome Tim to Regis. He brings the right combination of business and academic experience to will help build a solid foundation for the broad, integrative focus on both character and competence of this new college,” said Father President John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.

Keane will join Regis after nearly a decade at Saint Louis University. “The opportunity to help launch a new college of business, especially within a university recognized for its innovation, is the chance of a lifetime,” Keane said. “I am honored to be working with the faculty, staff and supporters of Regis who had the vision and commitment to making the Regis College of Business and Economics a reality.”

Private Sector Accomplishments

After a stint as a professional soccer player, Keane joined Anheuser-Busch’s sales management team.  “Working in a highly-regulated industry helped me understand how important it is for business to take the lead in solving urgent social issues,” he said. 

During his time with the company Keane took on some of the challenges arising from the misuse of their product, including revamping their approach to spring break and partnering with non-profits to develop innovative corporate social responsibility programs.

Keane left the brewer to launch a software company that created sales force automation solutions for consumer packaged goods companies.

Academic Innovations

While working in the private sector, Keane earned an MBA from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, enabling his transition to higher education.  After the sale of his software company Keane began his academic career, first with Rockhurst University and later with Saint Louis University. At both institutions, Keane’s tenure was marked by the creation of new programs – including one of the first Master of Sustainability programs in the country.

“We recognized that a sustainability degree would help grow our students into leaders of conscience, committed to stewarding society and caring for the earth’s resources. Our team faced significant barriers, but after months of collaboration, we successfully delivered the sustainability degree program thanks to an unwavering commitment to innovative thinking that challenged the status quo,” Keane said.

During his time at Rockhurst and Saint Louis University, Keane also launched three new academic research centers focused on business ethics, leadership and sustainability.

About the College of Business and Economics

The new college combines the existing program from the Regis College Division of Business with the College for Professional Studies School of Management and Master of Nonprofit Management. It brings together diverse faculty, giving students a greater range of degrees, learning models and programs. The college offers programs that cater to students at every step in their educational journey, whether they are traditional undergraduate or busy professionals, including flexible options for obtaining bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees or academic certificates.

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Regis provides a values-based liberal arts education offering professional certifications and degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.