Welcome to the Leighton School!

The director of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics wants to welcome you!

Welcome to the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics (JLSBE) at Indiana University South Bend!

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, it is crucial for companies to find innovative, talented, and strategic leaders who can navigate the future. At IU South Bend, our faculty is committed to equipping you with the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century career and emerge as tomorrow's leaders.

When students enroll in one of our ten undergraduate business major programs or two graduate programs, they will earn a prestigious IU degree from a campus close to home. Our AACSB International accreditation places us among an elite group—only five percent of business schools worldwide and just two in north-central Indiana hold this distinction. Our professors give the individual attention that students need to develop their skills.

Our small campus environment offers plenty of engaging activities. Students will tackle relevant and interactive coursework and get an opportunity to participate and lead in six active business student clubs.

Our roots run deep within the community, and over the years, I have been continually impressed by the significant contributions our students make. Since our inaugural graduation class in 1967, the JLSBE has proudly graduated over 10,000 business graduates. Nearly 65% of our graduates choose to remain within our region.

Our graduates start their professional journey as interns or at entry-level positions and can ascend to executive roles. Several have also ventured into entrepreneurship. We offer multiple scholarships that are available only to business students. Our career center offers networking opportunities with employers that prepare students to be a competent and effective employment seeker with the skills to have a successful and meaningful career in business.

Our graduate programs, including a hybrid MBA and various graduate certificates, are designed with the flexibility to accommodate working professionals. Featuring courses structured in five 8-week modules across the academic year, students can tailor their study pace to meet their professional goals.

I encourage you to learn more about our school and programs and discover a transformative learning environment focused on student success that we offer.

Bhavik Pathak, Ph.D.
Director, Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics

Mission Statement Synopsis

We prepare students for professional careers, contribute knowledge to our fields, and facilitate Michiana's regional economic growth.

As the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics:

  • We are the business school where learning is transformative for a diverse body of Michiana students supported by faculty and staff delivering high-quality and innovative academic programs.
  • We seek to be the preferred and widely-recognized supplier of business graduates for the Michiana region based on the quality and innovativeness of our programs.
  • We are producers of a wide range of academic knowledge relevant to practitioners and academics.
  • We are the facilitator and primary support provider of economic growth in the Michiana region through meaningful engagement in business development activities.

Bhavik Pathak
Office: 204B

Anurag Pant
Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and New Initiatives
Office 208H

Mohammad Merhi
Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Assessment
Office: 204B
Email: mmerhi@iusb.edu
Phone: 574-520-4387

Patricia Agbetsiafa
Director of Administrative and Student Services
Office: 216H

Barbara Williams
Records Services Representative
Office: 216J

Mike Esposito
Director of Career Planning
Office: 216D


lindsayLindsay Koriath
Associate Director of Retention
Office: 216F

Danielle DeYoungDanielle DeYoung
Assistant Director of Graduate Business Programs
Office: 203C

Department Chairs

Alex Meisami
Accounting and Finance
Office: 211E

Vishal Bindroo
Management, Marketing, Business Law
Office: 208C

Hong Zhuang
Hong Zhuang