Jim Padilla

Jim Padilla

  • Dean of the School of Business & Economics; A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Management and Marketing; Director of the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
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    Jim arrived at Carthage College in July 2022. He previously served as the founding dean of the Francis J. Noonan School of Business at Loras College. He began his career in higher education in August of 2005 as a professor of Sport Management and Business Law. During his teaching days, Jim taught courses such as Intro to Sport Management, Sport Law, Sport & Society, Sport Marketing, Business Law, Labor Law, Employment Law and Law & Ethics.

    Prior to entering academia and overlapping with the early stages of his academic career, Jim served as an expert in high limit disability insurance in sports and entertainment. He worked with such athletes as Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Dwyane Wade, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Chase Young and Rob Gronkowski as well organizations such as the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and SONY Recording.

    Jim has also served as a patient safety advocate for over 12 years, serving currently with the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). He has also worked with The Joint Commission, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, the World Health Organization (WHO) and others in advancing patient safety. He has spoken at numerous local, regional and national conferences on patient safety and family and patient centered care.

    Jim is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, having attended St. Laurence High School (Burbank, IL) and considers himself a diehard Chicago sports fan. He is married (Vicki) with four children (Christian, Julia, Jacob and Joseph).

    • Executive Certificate, Sport Management — Loyola University, Chicago
    • Juris Doctor, Law — Southern Illinois University School of Law
    • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology — Northern Illinois University

    Sport Law, Risk Management in Sport, Patient/Athlete Safety