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St. Thomas U. launches Ethical Leadership Institute

First of its kind in Florida, part of Gus Machado Business School

MIAMI GARDENS | St. Thomas University has launched the Institute for Ethical Leadership, the first of its kind in Florida.

Part of the Gus Machado School of Business, the institute will offer three new degree programs —a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in ethical leadership — that will be available in Spring 2020.

In addition, the institute will engage local business leaders, corporate partners, and community organizations in joint programming, conduct project-based research surrounding ethics and leadership, offer study abroad programs, targeted internships and job shadowing programs for students, develop industry-specific certificates, and host leadership lectures.

The institute will leverage STU’s faith-based identity and incorporate these values into a curriculum that seeks to develop learners’ comprehensive understanding of leadership effectiveness, instill key business competencies such as finance, technical literacy, and business management and develop essential soft skills like critical thinking and communications.

“Ethics and leadership are at the core of what St. Thomas University is,” said David A. Armstrong, university president. “Unique to our university, this program seeks to develop leaders who understand what it means to be a servant leader, and are a force for good in our community, region, and nation.”

The institute is headed by Tony Andenoro, who will serve as the executive director, and Don Slesnick, who will serve as director of community and partner relations.

Andenoro brings more than two decades of experience in leadership education and development to the role, most recently at the University of Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Toledo, a master's in educational administration from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in leadership development from Texas A&M University.

As the former mayor of the City of Coral Gables, Slesnick will work to create community connections and corporate partnerships. A pillar of the South Florida community, he currently serves as the managing partner for the law firm of Slesnick & Casey. He has also held management positions with the Dade County Public Schools and the Dade County Police Department. He earned a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a master's in public administration from Florida International University, and a law degree from the University of Florida.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

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