Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame Executive Education presents teaching, innovation awards

Published: May 27, 2009 / Author: Carol Elliott

The Executive Education Program at the University of Notre Dame presented seven awards to faculty members, business partners and a Notre Dame alumnus in recognition of their strong commitment to developing their workforce, as well as for their contributions to the Executive Education program and providing leadership in terms of ethics, creativity and innovation.

Presented anually since 1992, the awards were given recently at the Executive Education awards banquet.

The awards are as follows:

  • John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University of Notre Dame and finance professor at the Mendoza College of Business, was awarded the Arnie Ludwig Outstanding Teacher Award. The honor goes to a faculty member chosen by Executive MBA students in the South Bend program and is named for a former Executive Education director.
  • Charles E. Bamford, adjunct instructor and author of two textbooks whose expertise includes teaching strategy, small business and entrepreneurship, was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Chicago-based Executive MBA program. He is the founder and co-founder respectively of consulting firms Missions Possible and EnnovationWorks. Executive MBA students in the Chicago program choose the winner of this award.
  • Rajan Kamath, program instructor and founder of consulting company Artesiaa Consulting Group, received the Inspiring Educator Award – Executive Programs. As a consultant, Kamath focuses on assisting senior managers in planning and executing long-term strategy to meet future challenges. He also is a previous winner of the Shingo Prize for his contributions to manufacturing excellence. The Inspiring Educator Award goes to an instructor or faculty member within Notre Dame’s non-degree program who has the highest course evaluation scores.
  • Ralph C. Stayer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Johnsonville Sausage, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Stayer earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Notre Dame in 1965. The award recognizes an alumna or alumnus for demonstrating creativity in addressing business-related issues and for generosity with ideas, time and other resources. In May 2008, Stayer made a $20 million gift to his alma mater for the construction of a new building for Executive Education on the Notre Dame campus.
  • The Outstanding Leadership in Executive Education – Degree Program was given to the University of Notre Dame. The award recognizes exemplary corporate leadership in executive education as well as a commitment to values-based decision making, among other criteria.
  • The Outstanding Leadership in Executive Education – Executive Program was awarded to OfficeMax. The award also recognizes exemplary corporate leadership in executive education as well as a commitment to values-based decision making, in addition to other factors.
  • The Partner in Innovation Award went to three recipients: Hamilton Partners, a privately owned real estate development and investment firm that develops, leases and manages commercial projects throughout the metropolitan Chicago area; VOA Associates, an architecture and interior design company; and Pepper Construction, a general contracting and construction management firm that serves the non-residential and private sector. The companies were chosen for their work in the design and construction of the Notre Dame executive classroom in the historic Santa Fe Building in downtown Chicago, a project completed in the summer 2008.

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 through both degree and non-degree programs. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the program emphasizes values-based leadership in addition to academic rigor.

Contact: Lisa Heming, Notre Dame EMBA admissions manager, 866-218-4948 or 574- 631-4948, or


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