On December 7, 2016, the Boler School of Business celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Boler School of Business. In 1996, John Carroll named the business school in recognition of John ’56 and Mary Jo Boler’s major philanthropic support to the University.

Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the Boler School of Business, invited faculty, staff and students to an afternoon lecture in Donahue Auditorium featuring, Andrew Savitz, a principal at Sustainable Business Strategies, an independent consultancy located in Boston, Massachusetts. Savitz addressed the topic, “Sustainability: A Business and Ethical Imperative.” A standing room only audience listened to Savitz talk about a company’s “sweet spot,” where its business interests and the interests of the environment and society intersect.

An evening reception was held downtown Cleveland at Thompson Hine in Key Tower. More than 120 attendees gathered, including alumni, members of the Boler family, past and present members of John Carroll’s Board of Directors, Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., Boler faculty and JCU senior leadership team. Andrew Savitz was the keynote speaker.

Dean Miciak also highlighted the recently completed strategic plan for the Boler School of Business, Boldly Inspired. “The plan will enable us to build on our nationally ranked business school and provide a vision for the future: Graduating students that will lead inspired lives – inspired business lives, he said. Prospective and current students, longstanding corporate partners, and the region look to the Boler School to lead the way forward with a strong Jesuit grounding that provides more than knowledge and experience,” concluded Miciak.

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Guest speaker Andrew Savitz offers his perspective on a company’s “sweet spot,” where its business interests and the interests of the environment and society intersect. “When business and society interests overlap, everyone wins,” stated Savitz.

Guest speaker Andrew Savitz offers his perspective on a company’s “sweet spot,” where its business interests and the interests of the environment and society intersect. “When business and society interests overlap, everyone wins,” stated Savitz.

More than 200 faculty, staff and students attended the lecture by Andrew Savitz.

More than 200 faculty, staff and students attended the lecture by Andrew Savitz.

Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the Boler School of Business, speaks to faculty, staff and students about the generosity of John and Mary Jo Boler. He recalled some remarks that John Boler gave during the 1994 commencement address: “Let it be read that as Carroll graduates, we understood our individual lives would not be judged on how we reach our goals, but rather on how we helped others reach theirs.”

Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the Boler School of Business, speaks to faculty, staff and students about the generosity of John and Mary Jo Boler. He recalled some remarks that John Boler gave during the 1994 commencement address: “Let it be read that as Carroll graduates, we understood our individual lives would not be judged on how we reach our goals, but rather on how we helped others reach theirs.”

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Jim & Celeste Boler, Matt Boler,Judy McCormack, Mary Jo Boler, Dave Lombardo, Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., Diana Lombardo, Jill McCormack

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Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the Boler School of Business, shares a moment with Mary Jo Boler, Matt Boler and Al DeGulis ’56, former JCU Board member

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Michael Hardy, ’69, member of Executive Committee of the John Carroll Board of Directors and Chuck Brown ’82, Senior Attorney at BrownFlynn, Ltd. Hardy served as partner in charge of Thompson Hine’s Cleveland office and now practices in the environmental and product liability group. The event was held at Thompson Hine.