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Michael Behnam

Dean, the Quinlan School of Business

Michael Behnam, PhD, became the dean of the Quinlan School of Business on September 1, 2022.

He joins Loyola University Chicago from the Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University in Boston. As a faculty member and administrator, he was instrumental in building the Sawyer Business School into an institution that has experiential learning in a global context as its strategic focus. While in the dean’s office, he significantly increased diversity among the faculty and led a DEI taskforce critically examining all aspects of the business school. Also under his leadership, graduate business student enrollment increased significantly and the school forged relationships with leading universities around the world.

Behnam has presented his research as an invited keynote speaker in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. He has consulted and provided executive education to world-renowned organizations like Andersen Consulting, BMW, Bose, DG Bank, IBM, and Siemens, among others.