Mendoza School of Business

Mendoza names new associate dean for executive education

Published: January 21, 2019 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has named finance teaching professor Walter Clements as the associate dean of Executive Education, a new position in the College as of January 2019. The associate dean for Executive Education will oversee all non-degree and degree programs offered by Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, including its Executive MBA programs in South Bend and Chicago, the Master of Science in Business Analytics-Chicago and the Master of Science in Finance-Chicago.

The new associate deanship will work in collaboration with the associate dean for Graduate Programs and the associate dean for Faculty and Research.
“Mendoza has significantly expanded its graduate programs in recent years to meet the changing needs in business education,” said Martijn Cremers, interim dean and the Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance. “Adding the associate deanship will enhance our ability to offer excellent executive programs. Walt’s extensive professional experience in international business, along with his remarkable success in the classroom and his passion for helping people realize their personal aspirations, mean that he will be a terrific academic leader for all of our executive education programs.”

“I believe Mendoza’s success with executive education is due to the dedication of its people to deliver educational excellence, as well as the distinctive aspects of Notre Dame’s drive to be a force for good and help our students to do the same,” said Clements. “On a personal note, my lifelong dream has been to teach. I grew up in South Bend, and many of my family members are alums from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, beginning in 1914. I feel blessed to be here. I look forward to working with the Stayer Center team to further the mission for Mendoza’s Executive Education.

Clements, a teaching professor of finance, joined Mendoza in 2012 after teaching for Indiana University for two years. Prior to his teaching career, he worked for 27 years for BP, most recently as CEO and chair of Aral AG, a subsidiary of BP and Germany’s market leading fuels and convenience store company.

In addition to his substantial professional career in international business, Clements has served on the boards of two international college preparatory schools in Europe and as president of an industry marketing association. He is currently an independent board director for BP Midstream Partners LP, a publicly traded energy firm, and advises inventors in their quest to get their ideas to market.

At Mendoza, Clements has taught courses in corporate finance, working capital management, valuation and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels.

Clements earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Founded in 1980, the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business provides leaders in the executive and management levels with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen and skills. The Stayer Center offers non-degree certificate programs, both custom and open-enrollment, as well as degree programs in South Bend and Chicago, which include the Notre Dame Executive MBA, the Master of Science in Business Analytics and the Master Science in Finance.