Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University!

mark-higgins--2014-preferred-1As I begin my tenure as the dean, I look forward to meeting our students, parents, alumni and business community partners, while I continue to learn about the outstanding work in teaching, research, and service being done at the John Cook School of Business.

One of the reasons I came to Saint Louis University was the high quality of the students, faculty and academic programs. Over the years I have read the accolades that the Cook School has received including programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management that are ranked in the top 20, a top 80 ranked business school and our MBA program is ranked in the top 100.

As the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River, and the only Jesuit business school in the area, we have a long-standing tradition of cultivating business leaders. The Cook School was the first business school west of the Mississippi, and over our 105 year history, we have built extensive ties with the business community in St. Louis and around the world. Our students benefit from these connections, through the guidance of our Career Resources Center, and learn from classroom guest speakers, hands-on class projects, internships with major corporations and networking with business leaders.

With the University’s Jesuit mission in mind, we strive to educate the whole person. One of the many examples of this is our Service Leadership Program. Our students commit to 200+ service hours where they are not only bettering their community, but walk away with a profound learning experience about what it means to be a leader.

Our reach is global, with study abroad programs in Hong Kong, Panama as well as at our campus in Madrid. Additionally, we are home to many students and faculty who hail from more than 30 countries around the globe.

During the next year and beyond, I look forward to getting to know you and I hope you’ll join me in this journey in being a Billiken as we educate the whole person, while seeking the truth, and serving others.


Mark Higgins, Ph.D.

Dean of the John Cook School of Business

Saint Louis University