As the newly appointed Dean of Business and Leadership at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), leadership education comes as second- nature to Lamprini Pantazi, Ph.D. When tasked with taking on a new leadership program, Pantazi was all in. The success of the Master of Leadership Development (MLD) program was foundational in making the decision to include a new Ph.D. in Global Leadership in the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Charting the Future proposal request. With her experience with the MLD program and the new Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership, Pantazi was excited to take on the task. “For the past ten years I have been asked about this doctoral program, and I always replied, ‘That time will come.’ I am so excited the time is now,” Pantazi said, donning a big smile and expressing her signature enthusiasm. “The Global Leadership program will be very competitive with other similar programs,” Pantazi says, adding her goal is to offer an efficient, cost- effective program. The curriculum focuses on both academic and professional pathways to provide additional opportunities to Ph.D. graduates for either path with a completion time that is commensurate with like programs. She is very encouraged by the interest she is already receiving from prospective students, and admits, she has begun dreaming of how she might build on what will soon be a new pathway at The Woods in the global leadership arena.
Lamprini Pantazi, Ph.D., MBA, MS Dean of Business and Leadership
“For the past ten years I have been asked about this doctoral program, and I always replied, ‘That time will come.’ I am so excited the time is now.”
Timeline to launch
In September 2020, Lilly Endowment Inc. granted SMWC $1 million to fund growth in academic programs from their Charting the Future initiative. This enabled the creation of the College’s first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Global Leadership with a concentration in organizational behavior and change.
An advisory board immediately began working on a mission and values statement for the proposed program, ensuring both were reflective of the overall mission of SMWC. Additionally, they wanted to match the vision of the College and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin using “Virtus Cum Scientia,” which translates to “virtue with knowledge united,” as a theme.