#1 Ph.D. Program: Leadership Excellence Names Benedictine Doctoral Program as Top in Category

Center for Values-Driven Leadership Doctoral Program, Press Release

HR.Com Recognizes Benedictine University’s Doctoral Program as Top Ph.D. Program in Leadership


Lisle, IL – February 2017: Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for executives, has been named the top leadership doctoral program in HR.com’s annual listing of the best doctoral programs with a leadership or organizational development emphasis. This first place ranking is reflective of student and graduate evaluations, as well as national reputation.

“This award is an honor and a tribute to our exceptional students, alumni, faculty, staff, and distinguished visiting scholars,” says Dr. Jim Ludema, co-founder of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a professor of global leadership. “It is also an invitation to keep raising the bar on excellence, so we can elevate our contribution to business and society.”

About the Awards

For the past 34 years, the LEAD Awards, formerly known as Leadership Excellence Awards, have identified and recognized the top leadership programs and organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking.

This is the second year Benedictine University’s program has made the list; in 2016, we were among the Top 10. Also listed in the 2017 top 3 are Pepperdine University (2nd) and North Carolina State University (3rd). Find a complete list of the Top 10 at this link.

In 2016, the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program Ranked in the Top 10 nationally. Find an article on last year’s results at this link.

Executives like Dr. Kasey Short of McDonald’s Corporation (pictured above) can complete the doctoral program in three years, while working full time. 

About the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership

Benedictine University’s executive doctoral program in values-driven leadership is designed to meet the demanding schedules of senior executives, who travel from around the globe to participate in the program. The curriculum integrates three fields of study – global leadership, strategic change, and corporate responsibility – along with qualitative and quantitative research methods, in a student-centric format that allows executives to develop as both scholars and practitioners. Classes are held once a month, on weekends, and once a year in an 8-day intensive. The three-year program includes two years of coursework, and a third year of dissertation research and writing.

The Center for Values-Driven Leadership is currently accepting applications for the next cohort of the doctoral program, which begins on March 30, 2017.

See below for additional information regarding the program and the application process.

To schedule a phone conversation with a program staff member, please email info@cvdl.org. 


Not ready for the time commitment of a doctoral program? Consider our M.S. in values-driven leadership program – designed for executives.

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