March 19, 2019

Carly Fiorina speaking at the Catholic University of America in 2017

The Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and Carly Fiorina are announcing an ambitious academic partnership to integrate Fiorina’s leadership and problem-solving curriculum into the business student experience. This curriculum empowers young leaders to transform the world of business by emphasizing the role of the human person as the center of economic life.

Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential nominee, has been appointed Distinguished Clinical Professor in Leadership at the Busch School. In that position, she will work with the school to:

  • Incorporate her organizational leadership and problem-solving curriculum into a variety of the Busch School courses including the Summer Business Institute program for high school students.
  • Develop a certificate program for the Busch School that drives students to master the skills necessary to solve problems and become effective leaders.

Fiorina will use her experience building leaders in all sectors to equip students to develop their capacities for innovation, navigate a rapidly changing world of disruption, and seize opportunities to transform their communities. Her focus on fostering leadership and problem-solving among students, her strong advocacy for the marginalized and the vulnerable, and her respect of the Catholic intellectual tradition will strengthen the Busch School’s work at the intersection of professionalism, servant leadership, and mission-oriented business.

“As a person of faith, I believe we are created on purpose for a purpose, and that purpose centers on solving the problems closest to us,” Fiorina said. “The Tim and Steph Busch School of Business teaches the values and disciplines necessary to solve problems, and I’m honored to be part of such a wonderful institution.”

“Carly Fiorina is exactly the type of partner we seek for our Busch School of Business,” University President John Garvey said. “As a highly successful and motivated business professional, and overall great human being, she serves as both a resource and a role model for our students. Her experience as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, a Forbes magazine top-20 company, will be an extraordinary asset to the entire school.” 

“What kind of a Fortune 500 company chief executive majored in Medieval History and Philosophy and proudly declares that ‘the most valuable course I ever took at Stanford University was not Econ 101 or Poli-Sci but an advanced course in medieval philosophy’? — a business leader who sees the strength and competitive advantage of the Busch School, situated in an historic Catholic university noted for its strong tradition of philosophy and theology,” said Michael Pakaluk, acting dean of the Busch School of Business. 

“Carly Fiorina will make significant educational contributions to our humanistic study and teaching of strategy, management, and operations,” Associate Professor of Strategy and Operations Harvey F. Seegers said. “We welcome her to the team with the utmost enthusiasm.”

The Busch School of Business has entered this academic year as a unique institution that is breaking new ground at the intersection of business and faith in the dynamic political ecosystem of the nation’s capital. Fiorina made the announcement of this academic partnership in the Busch School’s newly renovated home: a revitalized forum of learning, which integrates form and function, to reflect a comprehensive understanding of the human person. Repurposed from Catholic University’s history to re-propose a vision of the common good for modernity, the Business School now offers a shared space to advance applied research and ethically-empowered entrepreneurship. At the heart of the Busch School is the St. Michael Chapel, which was consecrated yesterday in a celebratory Mass, in concert with the public opening of the Busch School. 

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