Dan Conway Named Founding Director of MBA Program

Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Conway as the founding MBA director. Conway will also serve as associate professor of business analytics.

Conway comes to Loras with extensive corporate and higher education experiences. He has served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Augustana College, respectively. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in big data analytics, business analytics, finance, economics and web and text analytics. From a corporate perspective, Conway has led analytics projects for a range of companies including John Deere, Monsanto and Accenture. In addition, Conway has authored and co-authored numerous articles, columns and book chapters on topics such as privacy, security and control in electronic commerce, the evolution of metanorms and innovation patterns and big data.

“I’m excited to join Loras College and lead its forward-thinking MBA program. Business analytics is such an important field and this opportunity allows me to be part of a very unique program that integrates liberal arts and Catholic tradition, giving students of the MBA program a human and social perspective of what business analytics can do,” explained Conway.

“The New York Times recently cited Loras as one of the few higher education institutions that were prepared to address this massively growing field. In hiring Dan Conway, Loras also secured one of the finest industry and higher education experts,” said Collins. Conway will lead the first cohort in Loras’ MBA program emphasizing business analytics which will begin in fall 2013.

“Dan’s experience in big data and analytics is a great fit with the goals of our MBA program.  The program’s emphasis will prepare students for a growing, underserved field. Dan’s knowledge and leadership will reinforce the importance of both the field and this advanced degree training,” stated Rich Clayton (’87), Loras College regent and vice president of marketing at Oracle. Clayton has been involved with the development of Loras’ unique MBA program since its infancy and serves as lead member of its advisory panel.

For more about the MBA program, emphasizing business analytics, visit loras.edu/mba.
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