Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics!

Whether you are a current student or thinking about becoming one, the Leighton School is an excellent choice! Our AASCB accreditation—attained by only five percent of business schools worldwide and our national rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek and The Princeton Review—is your assurance that you are enrolled at one of the best business schools in the nation. In fact, the Leighton School is the only public university in north central Indiana accredited by AASCB.

Our mission is to transform students from diverse backgrounds through high quality, innovative, and affordable programs with accomplished, international, and intellectually engaged professors. Our professors and staff care about all students’ academic success as well as the impact we have on their lives, careers, the region, and beyond.

At the Leighton School, our innovative programs are focused on student success. Freshmen and sophomore cohorts, peer mentors, and living and learning communities are just a few of the initiatives that are impacting student retention and success.

Our exceptional international faculty emphasize student engagement---working one-on-one with students, coaching, mentoring, and teaching. Students gain lots of real-world experience at the Leighton School. Internships in local businesses, client projects, national competitions, a student-managed investment fund, and business presentations are ways our students get a taste of doing business outside the classroom.

Top employers, such as Press Ganey, Crowe Horwath, and Beacon Health System to name a few, seek our graduates because they know the quality of the education at the Leighton School.

Our students not only earn an excellent education, they have fun, too. The Leighton School and IU South Bend have a wide variety of clubs and associations where you can meet new friends that share your interests through social gatherings, field trips, networking and athletic events throughout the academic year.

I look forward to getting to know you while you are at the Leighton School.

P.N. Saksena
Interim Dean, Professor of Accounting
Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics
204J Administration Building
(574) 520-4456