Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics!

Whether you are a current student or you are thinking about becoming one, the Leighton School is an excellent choice! Our goal is to help you build a strong foundation toward a successful career in business.

At the Leighton School, learning extends beyond the classroom with client projects, national competitions, a student-run investment fund, and experiential learning opportunities in local businesses. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to put your classroom skills to work on real-world business challenges.

Our exceptional, international faculty emphasize student engagement---working one-on-one with students, coaching, mentoring, and teaching. They want their students to succeed, and they enjoy working with students and offering career advice.

Our talented faculty design and teach innovative curriculums that 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.

Budding entrepreneurs have opportunities to hone their skills working side-by-side with small business people in the community, and to seek the advice of the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, headquartered right here in the Leighton School.

Most of our graduates remain in the Michiana region, making positive contributions to the local workforce. Internship opportunities, career planning, and employer networking events prepare our students to be effective job seekers. 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.

We want our students to experience college life to the fullest in and out of the classroom. 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.

My faculty colleagues, the School staff, and I look forward to meeting you. We are committed to helping you achieve the career goals you have set your sights on. Whatever they may be, you can achieve them at the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics!

Richard Kolbe
Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics
Office: 204J