Benedictine Leadership: Faculty & Advisory Councils

jim_ludema-2James D. Ludema, Ph.D.

CVDL Co-founder and Director; Professor, Global Leadership and Core Faculty, (630) 829-6229

Dr. James D. Ludema is the Co-founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a Professor of Global Leadership at Benedictine University. He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organization Development and Change Division and is the author of two books and dozens of articles on leadership, strategy and organizational change. His book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Scale Change is widely considered a classic in the field.

Dr. Ludema has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald’s, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs. Dr. Ludema received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College.

Research interests: Global leadership; values-driven leadership at the individual, organizational, and societal levels; appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship; the link between culture and profit in small and mid-size businesses.

marie_divirglio_md-2Marie E. Di Virgilio, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Organizational Change & Corporate Social Responsibility, (630) 829-2178

Dr. Marie E. Di Virgilio joined the Center in 2008 as Administrative Director. She brings over 30 years of business experience, much of it with Allstate Insurance Company, holding key leadership positions in sales, human resources, accounting, corporate education, and information technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in 2005.

Dr. Di Virgilio is a core faculty member specializing in Organizational Change and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Center and has held faculty appointments with Dominican University, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the International School of Management and the U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative. She teaches internationally in Poland, the Czech Republic, and France. Consulting and speaking on a variety of topics including change management, teams, and leadership, Di Virgilio uses her scholar-practitioner skills to help organizations improve their effectiveness.

Dr. Di Virgilio is the Prospect Heights (IL) Dollars for Scholars board president. The mission of the organization is to provide local students with financial aid and support to pursue higher levels of academic achievement.

Research interests: Developing values-driven leaders; employee engagement; change leadership; work group transformation; social enterprise and responsibility.

Sandra Gill, Ph.D.

CVDL Co-founder; Dean, College of Business

Dr. Sandra L. Gill is Dean of the College of Business at Benedictine University. Dr. Gill joined Benedictine in 2001 as Department Chair and Associate Professor of Business, MBA Programs; she has served as Dean for more than a decade. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow of the American Association of Healthcare Consultants. She is a Certified Clinical Sociologist with the Sociological Practice Association and was 2009 Chair of the Lisle Chamber of Commerce.

For 40 years, Dr. Gill has worked in education and health care as a licensed teacher, program director, consultant and academic faculty member. From 1980-2000, she completed over 1,500 health care external consulting engagements throughout the United States and other countries. For five years, she served on the strategic planning council of the Fielding Graduate University, where she completed her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D (1998) in human and organizational systems. She completed her B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1974) with honors, at Michigan State University. She has published over 40 applied articles related to health care leadership and governance.

jim_gustafson_md-2James “Gus” Gustafson, Ph.D.

Leadership Scholar-In-Residence; Associate Professor, Leadership Development and Core Faculty, Executive Doctoral & Executive Master’s Program, (515) 577-0198

Dr. Gustafson was a founding Advisory Council member of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, helped to co-create the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program, and formally joined the Center as the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence in 2009. Prior to joining Benedictine, Gus was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research & Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received many awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational change. Gus also served for five years as Executive Minister & Chief Transformation Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa (the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church in the world).

Gus has over 30 years of successful organization development, sales, marketing, operations, leadership development, channel management and executive leadership experience in public, private and non-profit organizations. He consults and speaks globally on a variety of topics and has been an invited Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Keynote Speaker and/or Leadership Consultant on six continents. Gus currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Leadership Studies and the International Journal of Servant-Leadership, is  Chair of the Business Leadership Division of the International Leadership Association, former Editor-in-Chief of the Organization Development Journal, and was the 2010, 2011 & 2012 recipient of the prestigious Global Strategic Leader Award given by the World HRD Congress.

Research interests: Servant leadership; leadership authenticity; legacy-driven leadership; culture transformation; high-performing teams; human flourishing.

 vdl_amberAmber Johnson

Chief Communications Officer; Senior Research Associate, (312) 316-0680

Amber Johnson is the Center’s Chief Communications Officer, and a Senior Research Associate. She also oversees executive student recruitment for the Center. Amber brings 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and non-profit fundraising and administration.

Before coming to the Center, Amber spent seven years in various leadership positions with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. Prior to her work with World Vision, Amber spent two years in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer and served as the University Editor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She served as adjunct faculty in marketing and public speaking at Taylor and at Ball State University. Amber holds a M.A. in communication studies, with an emphasis in rhetorical theory, from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree, also in communication studies, from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Amber is a student in Cohort 4 of the doctoral program. 

manning_michaelMichael R. Manning, Ph.D.

Director of Research; Professor of Leadership, Strategy & Change, and Core Faculty, (630) 829-6051

Dr. Michael R. Manning joined the Center’s faculty in 2013 as Professor of Leadership, Strategy & Change. Dr. Manning earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University and has held faculty appointments at New Mexico State University, Case Western Reserve University, Fielding Graduate University, and SUNY-Binghamton. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and is active in the Academy of Management, where he is a former Chair of the Organization Development and Change Division.

Dr. Manning has dedicated his professional career to educating and developing executives, designing effective organizations, and creating applied action research processes and intervention techniques. He teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and internationally in Mexico, Europe and the Baltic States, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Research interests: Multiple topics related to the management of change (whole systems change using large group interventions, the role of affect and emotion in change, identifying change moments); leading and collective action; occupational stress and well-being.