Keane named director of Executive Education at Notre Dame

Author: Carol Elliott


Sharon E. Keane has been named the director of Executive Education of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Keane will provide strategic direction to the Executive MBA programs in South Bend and Chicago, as well as executive non-degree programs, which include custom, online, international and open-enrollment offerings.

“The deeply rooted mission of Executive Education at Notre Dame has always been to prepare individuals for new levels of leadership that emphasizes not only work performance but also personal integrity and responsibility to the greater community,”Keane said.“I’m excited to be carrying forward this tradition.”

In her new role, Keane also will be responsible for overseeing the transition to a new Executive Education center. Notre Dame recently received a $20 million gift from alumnus Ralph C. Stayer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Johnsonville Sausage, for the construction of the new center just south of the business school.

Keane joined the Executive Education program in August 2000, focusing primarily on developing custom programs, which earned a BusinessWeek ranking of 15th among Executive Education custom programs worldwide in 2007. Previously, Keane was a vice president of South Bend, Ind.-based Corporate Staffing Resources. She also worked for the federal government for nine years in policy analysis, sales and consulting positions, and served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Hank Brown, R-Colorado.

Keane earned a bachelor’s degree in the Program of Liberal Studies from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

“Sharon brings to the position a strong understanding of the challenges faced by executives seeking additional education, particularly in today’s ever-more complex global business environment,”said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College.

Founded in 1980, Notre Dame Executive Education provides leaders in the executive and management ranks the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills with an emphasis on values-based principles in keeping with the Notre Dame mission. Today, Executive Education offers degree as well as non-degree programs in South Bend and Chicago, awarding about 120 MBA degrees annually and delivering programs throughout the United States and abroad.

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